Josh Childress, a former Stanford star and NBA lottery pick, is thriving as a

INGLEWOOD — Former NBA lottery pick Josh Childress always knew he had the potential to be more than just an athlete.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, Childress hopes to build a sizable real estate and investment portfolio that eventually surpasses the tens of millions of dollars he earned playing in the NBA and in the EuroLeague.

“That’s my goal,” Childress said. “I said that was a big part of my motivation in starting the company and really creating a business that I own and operate is (because) I want to make more off the court than I made on the court. … Not that it’s all about money, it’s about building but it’s always nice to have financial goals in what you’re doing and that is my goal.”

Childress grew up in Compton and is a 2001 graduate of Mayfair High in Lakewood, where he was a McDonald’s All-American. The 6-foot-8 small forward went on to play college basketball at Stanford before being selected sixth overall in the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks in 2004.

He has transitioned to a new arena in the business world as the CEO of LandSpire Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm that is focused on revitalizing communities of color with strategic live, work and thrive developments that for example sometimes include daycare facilities to ease the burden of working parents.

“Even our name, LandSpire, is to inspire change through land development and land investment so that’s a big part of what we do and why we do it,” Childress said. “I would be doing myself and my community a disservice if it was only about the money. That’s an important piece of it. You have to have some sort of commercial…

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