Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is an NBA rookie who just signed a 1.3 million dollar deal with the Brooklyn Nets.  But, he still can’t afford to live in New York City.  Currently, he’s saving as much of his salary as he can by living with two roommates in his North Jersey apartment as he prepares to make his debut in the league.

In a profile done by the Alex Raskin of The Wall Street Journal, Hollis-Jefferson details his progression into the NBA lifestyle and how surprised he was to find that his 1.3 million salary is useless in the tristate area. Adapting to the high-end New York City lifestyle has motivated him to be more resourceful and frugal than ever before.

He stated,

“You can live in a nice three bedroom condo with all that in Dallas for like 2,000 bucks. Three bedroom in New York, you’re paying eight grand. It’s ridiculous!”

He also went on to mention how thoroughly shocked he was by how much money was missing from his first pay check in saying:

“When I saw the check, I saw half of the money was gone. And being in New York, more than half was gone. I was like ‘Who do I call here? What’s going on?”

Hollis-Jefferson currently splits his North Jersey apartment with his brother and friend where he commutes to the Brooklyn Nets facility or to practices in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He admits to reconsidering where he lives and possibly moving to Brooklyn down the line in order to relive his stress from the tedious commute and heavy volume of traffic that persists moving in and around the city.

Where so many celebrities and athletes put on a facade through their luxury lifestyles this proves there are still a select few willing to compromise and be honest in admitting that they still live and pull their means together just like your average person. We can definitely appreciate Hollis-Jefferson’s humility in this situation.


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