Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Vin Baker jokes with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during a July practice at Fiserv Forum. Baker is opening an addiction treatment and recovery center on Milwaukee's northwest side.

Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach Vin Baker Is Opening a Local Treatment and Recovery Center for People With Addictions

By Tom Daykin

Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Vin Baker, who’s spoken about his battles with alcoholism, is opening a local treatment and recovery center for people with addictions.

Known as Vin Baker Recovery, the center is planned for 4757 N. 76th St., according to information filed with the city Department of Neighborhood Services.

Vin Baker Recovery, to be operated by Onalaska-based AMS of Wisconsin LLC, plans to use part of a two-story, 16,000-square-foot office building owned by St. Charles Youth and Family Services Inc., a nonprofit social services provider.

The treatment center is seeking a city occupancy permit for that site. It also will need a special use permit from the Milwaukee Board of Zoning Appeals

Baker played 13 years in the NBA, including from 1993 through 1997 with the Bucks.

He was named to the all-star team four times, three times as a Buck, and was part of the Bucks TV broadcast crew before being hired as an assistant coach in 2018.

Baker’s story includes years of addiction.

He wrote about his struggles in his 2017 memoir “God and Starbucks: An NBA Superstar’s Journey Through Addiction and Recovery.”

Baker told the Los Angeles Times in July that he planned to open Vin Baker Recovery centers in Milwaukee.

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