Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak at Neumann University


chris-herren-smileFormer NBA player Chris Herren will speak at Neumann University 7p.m., Monday (Feb. 25) in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, Delconewsnetwork reported.

Herren will share his harrowing story of abuse and recovery. His story was featured in the ESPN documentary “Unguarded,” and his memoir, Basketball Junkie.

A former NBA player, Herren was a high school basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who realized his lifelong dream of playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addictions.

Sober since 2008, he has refocused his life to put sobriety and family above all else.

In 2009, he launched “Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren”, a basketball player development company that offers basketball training, camps and clinics, in New England.

Off the court, Herren continues to share his story with audiences in hopes of making a difference other lives. In his presentation, he draws on his own history to convince audiences that it is never too late to follow your dreams and urges them to overcome their setbacks and start making the right choices.

After playing 70 games from 1999-2001, Chris’ 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.

He has since refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else, along with a mission to help others.

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