Ex-NBA stars Ellis, King to hold youth event for 150 Atlanta kids


dale-ellis-bernard-kingFormer NBA superstars Bernard King and Dale Ellis will be participating in a youth basketball and life skills clinic for underserved youth on November 8, NBRPA reported.

King, a four-time NBA All-Star and NBA scoring champion, will serve as the keynote speaker for the youngsters. Ellis will coach the clinic alongside Recasner, Keeling (Dallas Mavericks), and Garris.

The clinic will be joined by other former NBA players, such as Eldridge Recasner (Atlanta Hawks), Harold Keeling (Dallas Mavericks), and Kiwane Garris (Denver Nuggets).

The event will be organized by the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). The event, presented with support from Aetna, LexisNexis and the Atlanta Police Foundation, is part of the NBRPA’s and PAL’s touring “Full Court Press: Prep for Success” empowerment series.

Some 150 participants, ages 10 to 16, will spend half their day learning on the court and half their day in the classroom. As part of the classroom program, Aetna will present a healthy eating and nutrition to the youngsters.


Dale Ellis played 19 years in the NBA, six-plus years with Seattle and also spent time with Dallas, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Denver, Charlotte. He appeared in total of 1209 NBA games (589 started), averaging 15.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg in 28.8 minutes per contest. Upon retirement, Ellis traveled the world as an ambassador of the game. For 12 years, he visited places such as Asia, Europe and South America. He also spent time in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait visiting U.S. troops.

Bernard King played 14 seasons in the NBA, averaging career 22.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 33.7 minutes per game. He reached a personal record in 1984-1985, averaging 32.9 points per game for the NY Knicks. During his career, King played for New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, NY Knicks, and Washington Bullets. A 4-time All-Star, King played in 874 NBA games, starting in 547 of them. He was inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Kiwane Garris played in career 31 NBA games, for Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic. Garris was originally signed by the LA Clippers in 1997, and after being waved, was signed by the Nuggets. He holds career averages of 2.3 ppg and 1.0 apg in 8 mpg. He also played in Germany in between his two NBA seasons.

Eldridge Recasner, a 8-year NBA vet, played for Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets. He played in total of 296 NBA games (47 started), averaging 5.9 ppg in 17.3 mpg.


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