It was then, Mashburn wasn't sure he would ever play another game in the NBA. During a visit to Rupp Arena as part of the Lexxus Tennis Challenge, which featured Venus and Serena Williams and Anna Kournikova, Mashburn took a few minutes to discuss his future.
During his tenure in the professional ranks, Mashburn played for three teams (Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and the Hornets), not counting his brief stint with Philadelphia. Mashburn retired Friday after an 11-year career. His final career numbers included an average of 19.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the NBA. In light of his retirement, Mashburn, 34, said he wanted to spend more time with his family, which includes his wife Michelle, along with daughter Taylor (9), and son, Jamal (4).
"(Family) is my top priority," Mashburn said at the time. "Basketball is not really at the top of my list. The game of basketball is a game that I love, but I want to be able to run around with my children when they get of age and that's important to me."
Mashburn enjoyed his professional career, but has fond memories of his three-year stay at Kentucky.
"Those were some fun times," he said. "I liked the college atmosphere."
Now that he's retired, look for Mashburn to be seen more often in the Lexington area.
"I have made this (Kentucky), my first home," he said. "This is a state that I love and this state has been so kind to me. To me, it makes sense and a no-brainer to come back (to Kentucky) after the dust has settled on my NBA career."
Mashburn will likely spend time with his family and in the business sector.
"I want to be a big part of the community and somebody they (the public and the fans) can be proud of as a businessman and not only as a player."