Ex-NBA players Houston, Johnson visit Erie BayHawks’ players for mentoring

houston_johnsonFormer NBA stars Allan Houston and Larry Johnson were in Erie in conjunction with the Erie BayHawks’ game, goerie.com reported.

Houston and Johnson spent some time with some younger players earlier in the day. Both of the ex-NBA stars met with junior varsity and varsity boys basketball players from Cathedral Prep, Central Tech, East and Strong Vincent for instruction and mentoring.

Houston and Johnson are former New York Knicks and now work for the team. Houston serves as the BayHawks’ general manager, as well.

Both Houston and Johnson say it was great to come mentor these young athletes. In their mentoring session, the former NBA stars stressed how important it is for the young athletes to stay focused, and to work their hardest in all that they do, both on and off the court.

Houston, a 2-time All-Star, played 11 years in the NBA, averaging 17.3 ppg in 33.7 minutes of playing time. He spent most of his career with NY Knicks, and also played two seasons for Detroit Pistons.

Larry Johnson, a two-time NBA All-Star (1993, 1995) played 10 years in the NBA, 5 of them with the Knicks. After being traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Knicks before the 1995-1996 season, Johnson was never the same player he was in Charlotte, because of injuries and back pains.

Johnson averaged his best 15.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg with NYK in 1997-98. He retired after the 2000-2001 season.


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