Ex-NBA drug addict to share his story

chris-herrenFormer NBA star Chris Herren will share his struggles with substance abuse and addiction and his road to recovery at the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center in Marlton at 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Philly.com reported.

Herren, who grew up in Fall River, Mass., will tell how he achieved his dream of becoming a professional basketball player, playing with the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics, only to lose it all to addiction.

He will appear as the guest of Lenape Regional High School District’s DEFY the Issue campaign, part of a community substance- and alcohol-abuse education effort. He will also make presentations at the district’s high schools.

“We want every Lenape Regional District student and their parents to hear Chris Herren’s message and have those conversations,” said district superintendent Carol Birnbohm.

Herren, drug- and alcohol-free since 2008, launched Hoop Dreams, a basketball player development company, in 2009 and, in 2011, found the Herren Project, a nonprofit foundation that helps people struggling with addiction. He is author of Basketball Junkie.

Herren’s visit to the district is being made possible by donations, including a $29,000 contribution from the Lenape Regional High School District Foundation.

After playing 70 games from 1999-2001, Chris’ NBA career was over after a season ending knee injury.

During his NBA career, Herren played 45 games for Denver Nuggets (averaging 3.1 ppg, 2.5 apg) and 25 games for Boston Celtics (3.3 ppg, 2.2 apg).

In total, Herren appeared in 70 NBA games, averaging 3.2 ppg, 2.4 apg in 14.4 minutes per contest. After being released by the Celtics, Herren went on to play professionally for teams in Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran.

He has since refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else, along with a mission to help others.


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