Ex-NBA player Doug Christie: I am super vigilant about my health

doug-christieDoug Christie is widely known throughout the basketball world as being one of the most widely sought after back-court players during his career.

Christie played in 827 NBA games (708 started), holding career averages of 11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.6 apg in 31.5 minutes of action. Christie averaged career high 16.5 ppg for Toronto Raptors in 97-98.

Recently, the Professional Basketball Alumni Association’s (PBAA) Manager of Communications, Maya Monroe, caught up with the 14 year NBA veteran to talk about the benefits offered through working with the PBAA, being an entrepreneur and the spotlight he shares with his wife on reality television.


Q:  The Professional Basketball Alumni and its partner PAST, at no cost to you, provided a cutting edge full body medical evaluation. Is this testing something you would recommend to others?

Most definitely, to everyone not just athletes. They (PAST) are equipped with specialized evaluations that test genetic markers (that can predict future illness).  I’ve had physicals almost every year of my life from junior high school, high school and in the NBA, but I’ve never experienced one quite like this.

Q:  Did you have any preexisting ailments/issues that you were concerned about going in? Were the PAST physicians able to provide you with any insight as to how to address those issues?

Unfortunately, recently we’ve heard about a great number of professional athletes dying suddenly and that is a scary thing.  So, personally I am super vigilant about my health. I try to eat right and exercise, but there is always that chance that something may be wrong. In addition to giving me a clean bill of health, PAST physicians provided me with insight on healthy living, dietary recommendations.

Most importantly however, was that my son and wife were able to hear all these results and it gave them peace of mind. I am very grateful to the PBAA and PAST for partnering together and offering Alumni these types of beneficial opportunities free of cost.

Q: “Basketball Wives: LA.” Was it a tough decision to allow cameras and the public into your private life?

Actually it was not tough at all. My family participated in the show “Committed: The Christie’s” on BET, so we were prepared for the challenges that participating in a show like this could pose, but ultimately my wife Jackie and I consider ourselves entertainers; just another day at the office.

Q: You have been retired for a while now; do you have any desire to get back into the game on the business side?

My biggest passion has always been coaching. I have started two businesses that train serious athletes in hopes of moving on to the NBA. I love the game of basketball; playing, watching and now teaching. In addition, I would love to do some commentator work as well.

Q: As a native of Seattle, how do you feel about the city getting a new basketball franchise?

Growing up I was a huge fan of Dennis Johnson, Nate McMillian and I was even in the paper with Gus Williams when I was 11. Having a team back in my home city, conjures up so many great memories from my childhood. I’m happy for the people of Seattle;  I’m just sorry it had to come at the expense of Sacramento fans.

Q: There has been a lot of commentary surrounding the incident that took place earlier this week with Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, do you think that there is a line that should not be crossed when “trash” talking with the opposition?

That’s a tough one. As a competitor you attack your opponent by any means necessary. I remember one instance when Shaq made a comment to me something to the effect of “rubbing my wife’s feet;” at that moment, I was a competitor and I took it as motivation to go out and win the game. After the game Shaq came and apologized and it was over. As a leader you have to stay composed and realize how your actions affect your team.


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