Former NBA stars held a basketball clinic for nearly 40 Detroit middle school and high school students, Detroit Free Press reported.
The clinic was held on the Detroit Mercy campus.
Derrick Coleman, former Detroit Southwestern, U-M star Jalen Rose and former Piston and Detroit mayor Dave Bing were among the former players assisting in the program for 10- to 16-year-old kids.
NBA’s former stars discussed their continuous connection within the city — from Bing, who mentored Coleman when he moved from Alabama to Detroit around age 13, to Coleman, who mentored Rose when Coleman was in college, giving him food, his car and anything else he needed, to Rose, who started his Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in the city four years ago and recently celebrated its first graduating class.
While they all had stories about basketball successes, they all made it a point to delve into their post-basketball careers and the role education played.
With basketball an unlikely career for most, they pointed out the importance of being presentable and prepared for job interviews and holding themselves every day to a high standard.
Jalen Rose said it worries him that students still live in dangerous neighborhoods, so they need to make conscious choices to avoid potential problems.
The importance was noted for Bing, Rose and Coleman, as well as former U-M player Jimmy King, former NBA player Willie Burton and former Piston Rick Mahorn to be among those giving their time for the younger generation.
At a staff group photo during the lunch break, Rose shouted that he was challenging other prominent entertainers and athletes who say they love Detroit to do their part to help kids and give their time.
Bing appreciated that all these former basketball stars wanted to give back.
“They could be doing something else today,” Bing said. “Basketball is just a vehicle to move to something else in your life.”
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