Former NBA drug addict to speak about substance abuse

chris-herren-shirtNorthwest Catholic High School will host a presentation from former NBA player Chris Herren called “Hoop Dreams,” about his battle with substance abuse, reported.

“Herren was a high school basketball legend in Fall River, Mass., who realized his lifelong dream of playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addiction,” according to a release from the school.

“He will share his story of abuse and recovery, as well as address the need for teens to make good choices and how parents can help their teens with that.”

“Herren currently mentors young basketball players and has launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse,” according to the release.

During his NBA career, Herren played 45 games for Denver Nuggets (averaging 3.1 ppg, 2.5 apg) and 25 games for Boston Celtics (3.3 ppg, 2.2 apg).

In total, Herren appeared in 70 NBA games, averaging 3.2 ppg, 2.4 apg in 14.4 minutes per contest. After being released by the Celtics, Herren went on to play professionally for teams in Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran.


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