Former NBA back-up center Perdue facilitates NBA discussion panel


will_perdueOn Jan. 11, the NBA to Louisville Facebook group held a discussion at Bearno’s by the Bridge, according to Bizjournals.

The purpose of the event was to talk about the current professional basketball landscape and how Louisville might or might not be a good fit.

Former NBA player and current ESPN basketball commentator and analyst Will Perdue facilitated the conversation.

Perdue, a back-up center for most of his career, played 12 years in the NBA, 6 of them for the Chicago Bulls. He has also played for San Antonio Spurs, and Portland TrailBlazers.

Perdue averaged career high in points (8.7 ppg) and rebounds (9.8 rpg) for San Antonio in 96-97 season.

Career wise, he holds averages of 4.7 ppg and 4.9 rpg in 792 NBA games (223 started).

Perdue won four NBA championships, three with the Bulls (91-92-93) and one with the Spurs (1999).

The one-hour discussion focused on the possibilities, obstacles and realities of an NBA team playing at the KFC Yum! Center.

It also featured a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The topic of an NBA team in Louisville has generated quite a buzz in recent months.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has said the city is open to negotiating with any franchise considering a relocation, although no talks are currently under way with any group. Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce, is conducting a feasibility study to determine whether a pro basketball team would be successful and beneficial here.

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