Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/4/11

Maybe if I didn't write blogs about sports I'd have moved back in with my parents by now too. The stigma associated with a grown man who both lives with his parents, and writes blogs about sports, was too much for me to overcome however.  

So onward I go making my way in this world away from the comfort and laziness nurtured by life in my parents' basement. Away from all that free food, the lack of rental payments, not eating home cooked meals, and not drinking all of my old man's beer after a brisk game of one-on-one out in the driveway.

Not that I don't enjoy the duplex I live in, or anything like that. 

Andy Rautins does not write blogs about sports though, he's actually quite cool in fact.  He plays in the NBA for the New York Knicks, and as such, his moving back in with his parents is not met at all with snickering and snarky comments from friends, relatives, and neighbors either.  His move back into the Rautins' homestead is actually applauded for the financial savviness involved in the decision.  Just another reason I wish I was cool enough to play in the NBA.

This from a recent slow clap offered by ESPN.com on Andy's move home:

Like the rest of his NBA brethren, Andy Rautins is going to miss a few paychecks during the lockout.

To offset that, he’s found a way to save some money.

The Knicks guard has stayed in his parents’ home outside of Syracuse during the lockout, sleeping in his childhood bedroom.

“It’s nice to get some home cooked meals up here,” Rautins, a former Syracuse star, said in a phone interview. “It’s nice because it’s a rare opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Normally, you’d been in a busy season by this time. But I’ve been trying to see the positives in [staying home] and there’s a bunch so far. It’s saving me a lot of money right now and I think that’s a big concern for a lot of players.”

If the lockout extends, Rautins will consider pursuing an internship at his financial adviser’s Manhattan firm to learn about investment advice and financial planning.

Now as far as pursuing the internship with his financial planner is concerned, here is where I move to a more serious tone and offer a slow clap of my own. That would certainly and absolutely be a tremendous way to use this time begrudgingly offered to NBA players during this Lockout, and Rautins should be held up as an example to other NBA'ers of "what to do when Locked out" as far as educating himself in this capacity is concerned.  

Now everybody can't necessarily move back in with their parents of course, seeing as how most NBA'ers are actually adults, but learning about investment advice and financial planning is a good way to hold on to whatever money these owners end up letting crumble off their tables into the direction of players moving forward.  

Which is why Rautins' money manager endorses the move I imagine. Well that, and the free pub he gets out of it of course:

“Andy is actively planning for his life after pro sports,” says Mark Doman, Rautins’ financial adviser and the senior vice president of True Capital Management. “A lot of guys say it, but Andy wants to take steps during his career to make sure he is financially secure.”

So good for you Andy, well played on both accounts, sir.  Now get up off that couch and come back into the kitchen, you're on dishes duty tonight!

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Photo: Andy and Leo Rautins

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