Langdon continues to keep it real (Basketball)

October 28, 2009
Trajan Langdon

He is embarking on his 11th season in professional basketball, a long and prosperous career that has netted him millions.

Yet Trajan Langdon has never been the type to flaunt his bankroll.

“I still drive my 2001 Toyota Sequoia,” he told me recently.

The 33-year-old Alaskan icon, now in his fifth season with two-time Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow, remains one of the most refreshing people in professional sports.

It seems like every day you hear about athletes making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Not Langdon, though.

He’s a family man.

With an 18-month-old son and a new fiancée in Virginia, his ideal summer vacation has nothing to do with the bright lights of a big city but rather the illumination of the sun and sand on a lazy afternoon.

“The offseason is spent with my family,” he said. “I like going to the beach and spending time just relaxing with them. Nothing serious.”

He’s an educated man.

You won’t find Langdon – who has two degrees from Duke University – playing video games during his free time. He’s an avid reader.

“The book I am reading now is ‘The Idiot’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky,” he said. “It is one of the more difficult books I have read. Definitely challenging.”

He’s a stylish man.

Langdon owns the popular Anchorage retail store Lace ‘Em Up and is a Fein for footwear.

“The amount of shoes I own is an ugly question as that is what I enjoy spending money on. Let’s say 150 pair,” he said.

And he’s forever an Alaskan man.

“The thing I miss most about Alaska is its natural beauty,” said the 2008 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inductee. “So many beautiful things Alaska has to offer that you can’t find anywhere in the world. Every time I return the scenery still amazes me.”

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