Ex-Lakers champion looks to make housing in Minneapolis safe, affordable

devean-george-dallasA new kind of housing complex aimed at safe and affordable housing is scheduled to break ground in North Minneapolis this summer, KSTP reported.

The person behind the project has a very personal connection.

Devean George is a three-time world champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also a Minneapolis native. He played for Benilde-St. Margaret’s School and Augsburg College.

Funds have already been raised for the apartments through a variety of government grants, but there is another fundraising deadline coming up.

Building toward something greater always has been a part of George’s life. He graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret’s as a late bloomer and was recruited to attend Augsburg. He wasn’t done growing, though. He added four inches in height, starred for the Auggies and was a solid 6-7 by the time he graduated.

The Los Angeles Lakers took notice of his size and work ethic in selecting him in the first round of the 1999 NBA draft. He became only the seventh player in NBA history to win a league championship in each of his first three seasons.

He later played with the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors before retiring after 11 seasons of professional basketball.

George appeared in total 630 NBA games (started in 108), averaging 5.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg in 18.5 mpg.

Near the end of his playing career, George had a vision for his future. It included real estate and bettering people’s lives.


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