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Encinitas native goes from NBA to beach volleyball court

Encinitas native goes from NBA to beach volleyball court

Throughout his basketball career playing for the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns, 29-year-old Chase Budinger reached incredible heights in the NBA, and that’s aside from his towering 6-foot, 7-inch frame. Playing for a variety of top-tier teams as a small forward, Budinger excelled during his standout three seasons with the Rockets, whether supporting his team or catapulting over P. Diddy during the 2012 Slam Dunk contest. As a result, it may have come as a surprise then that after nine years in both the American and EuroLeague, Budinger would leave the basketball court behind for the beach.

Chase Budinger on the basketball court....

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