Former NBA drug addict to speak at Downers Grove North high school

Chris HerrenDowners Grove North High School is inviting the community to hear former NBA guard Chris Herren give a talk about the dangers of drug use.

The free event is at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the high school, MySuburbanLife website reported.

Herren will tell the story of his rise to the NBA, his defeat to alcohol and drug addiction and his eventual rebound in recovery.

Herren is the author of “Basketball Junkie” and the subject of the ESPN film, “Unguarded.” Students at both schools will hear his presentation during school as part of “Red Ribbon Week,” an alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign that takes place every October.

“Bringing in an outside speaker, in particular one who is a celebrity, reinforces the messages we give to students every day about the importance of making healthful choices,” says Keith Bullock, student assistance coordinator at North High, in a press release. “Through education, prevention is our hope and mission.”

After playing 70 games from 1999-2001, Chris Herren’s NBA career was over after a season ending knee injury.

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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