Written and directed by Joe Brown, “NBA Penis Monologues” play focuses on life, love and better communication from the male prospective. Such former NBA stars as Kenny Anderson, Chris Gatling, Anthony Mason, Tate George and J.R. Rider came together to discuss these topics and more with intelligence, humor and respect.
The “NBA Penis Monologues” play went live on Dec. 8, 2013 at The Colony Theatre (Filmed by HBO) at Miami Beach. The play first appeared on Broadway.
The director of this stage show, Joe Brown, grew up in New York and has known the players for decades. Not only does he consider them friends, but he has also worked with them on a professional level as an NBA agent.
“I’ve had a lifelong friendship with a lot of these guys, negotiating contracts for NBA players,” he said. “Prior to that, I actually knew Chris and Kenny and Anthony Mason before they ever played in the NBA…They’ve been like brothers.”
“We’re actually getting to express ourselves and get rid of all these demons. It’s like the uncut truth. It’s from the heart,” ex-NBA All-Star forward Chris Gatling said.
Former stars shared their personal experiences with fame, fortune and sexual escapades. The topics included: why so many male celebrities and professional athletes find themselves bankrupt and how they deal with gold-diggers, sex quagmires, bad investments, poor business decisions and life beyond the spotlight.
“…[Brown] thought this would be appealing because we were hearing so many of…the wrongs and rights and ups and downs of the athletes–our stories and [the stories of] other athletes that we’ve been in contact with,” said Gatling.
“…We just got upset because a lot of it was not true…you only hear one side of the story. We felt in our hearts and Joe felt in his heart that this needed to be done, that us athletes needed to tell our side of the story. A lot of people think it’s just us venting…it’s more therapy for us…It’s crazy, but the good thing about it is that we’re telling our stories,” he added.
Kenny Anderson, in particular, was a high school basketball prodigy in New York and played 14 seasons in the NBA with eight teams. He appeared in 858 games (693 started), averaging 12.6 ppg, 6.1 apg in 30.1 minutes of playing time.
He has been married three times and fathered seven children with five different women. Anderson tried to get into coaching in South Florida, but was fired from a private school in Davie after a DUI.
Anderson’s shocking story was revealed by himself last summer, during the New York show, when he said he had been sexually abused as a child.
“If [others] could see that Kenny Anderson is talking about it, now they may be able to tell their story,” Anderson said in an interview with SB Nation. “I wasn’t going to do it, but then the trigger went off for me. This had to be done.”
Gatling was also disturbed by Anderson’s revelation. “I’ve [known] Kenny since I was 17 years old…I’ve known him through his whole course. We’ve had the same agent, we worked with Joe as an agent,” said Gatling.
“…When [Kenny] said that, I was floored. I was shocked because I never knew. When it came out, it just spread like wildfire…I was crushed because I was like, ‘Wow, that’s my brother.’ I was hurt. I was sad,” he added.
Brown went on to say that right after the premiere, Anderson went into therapy. Now, he says, Anderson has a better relationship with his family, especially his children, thanks to his revelation. Anderson also told his story of abuse in a three-minute video produced at the same theater the premiere took place. “I don’t know too many plays that could have the true Hollywood story right before their eyes,” said Brown.
During the show in July, according to SB Nation, Gatling and George occupied less of the first act, but took time to share some childhood stories (in particular, the tale of Gatling’s multiple brain surgeries following an accident) and note their recent legal troubles – Gatling’s squatting accusation and George’s alleged involvement in a Ponzi scheme – as regrettable mistakes now behind them.
The whole thing allowed the players to disinter some inner demons – Anderson described it as “therapeutic” – answer for some post-retirement troubles, and practice a bit for further, more calculated entries into the public eye.
At that time, bothAnderson and Gatling were working on books. Gatling, in particular, mentioned a story involving Latrell Sprewell and missing shoes in a European brothel.
The show also discussed some other sensitive topics, during the discussion of which, former professional athletes shared some of the things fans probably never knew. Kenny Anderson shared a story of him taking a rectal examination, while Gatling recalled when he first took Viagra.
On Dec. 9, Anderson shared a few pictures from him and his fellow former NBA stars on Twitter. “Me and my guy big Anthony Mason ,he used to set hard picks and throw mean elbow at my head,Lol!!” Anderson said, sharing this pic below:
Anthony Mason played in 882 NBA games (started in 559), for New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. Mason averaged career high 16.2 ppg, 5.7 apg and 11.4 rpg for Hornets during the 1996-97 season. He was named NBA All-Star in 2001.
Tate George played 4 seasons in the NBA, three of them with New Jersey Nets. He averaged career high 6.0 ppg for the team in 1991-92 season. In total, George played in 177 NBA games, started in 14 of them. He holds career averages of 4.2 ppg in 11.4 mpg.
Chris Gatling led the NBA in field goal percentage (63 percent) during the 1994-95 season, and played 85 games during the 1999-00 season (while all teams normally play 82 games). Gatling averaged career high 19 ppg during the 1996-97 season. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star team the same season. During his career, he played for Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6’10 forward played a total of 700 games in the league (86 started), averaging 10.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg per game over his career.Follow @exnbadotcom
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