Former NBA star Marques Johnson thinks training players in Philippines


Former NBA star Marques Johnson said the other day he’s open to taking a trip to Manila on a contract to train basketball players or teams. It wouldn’t be the first time to do it as he and son Kris conduct camps for players of all ages.

At the moment, Johnson’s main job is working as an analyst for Fox Sports. He’s also involved in digital media and TV/film production through his outfit called Point Forward.

Johnson is often described as the NBA’s first point forward, a role that another player Paul Pressey essayed in his career. He has also appeared in several movies, including “Forget Paris” and “Blue Chips.”

56-year old Johnson was a a five-time NBA All-Star, played at UCLA from 1973 to 1977 and was on coach John Wooden’s last NCAA title team in 1975.

He suited up for Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors in the NBA in 1977-89, averaging 20.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his career. The 6-7 star was the Bucks’ first round pick and third overall in the 1977 NBA draft.

Regarding a visit to Manila to train players or teams, Johnson said he’d be more than willing. It didn’t matter if they were high school, collegiate or pro players or teams.

“I do camps with my son and our orientation is offense, like shooting, dribbling and passing,” he said. “Offense is what I did best. I can apply my years of experience to those who want to learn from me.”

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