Despite earning more money in one season than most of us do in a lifetime, many professional athletes struggle with their finances.
"Unfortunately for us athletes, retirement age is 32, 34 — if you're lucky, 37 like myself," five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant told CNBC.
"Once you retire, you don't have that source of income that's coming in. Even if you save over a 15-year career, if your spending habits remain the same, eventually the well will run dry."
That's why Bryant believes it's crucial to think about what comes next, but he doesn't think athletes should consider only the most lucrative path.