Ex-players Anderson, Kite, Newman, Liberty to hold youth basketball skills clinic

nick-anderson-nbaFormer NBA players Nick Anderson, Greg Kite, Johnny Newman and Marcus Liberty will be teaching basketball and life skills to children.

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) will once again team up with the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and National Urban League on July 22 to host a youth basketball and life skills clinic in Orlando at Avalon Park Middle School, NBRPA reported.

The event is part of a national touring program for at-risk youth ages 10-16 titled FULL COURT PRESS: Prep For Success that is jointly administered by the NBRPA, PAL and National Urban League in cities across the country.

Former NBA players Johnny Newman (led Knicks in scoring, 16-Year NBA Career), Nick Anderson (First No. 1 draft pick in Orlando Magic history, 13-year NBA career), Tamecka Dixon (3x WNBA All-Star, 2x WNBA Champion), Greg Kite (Orlando Magic 1990-94, 2x NBA Champion with Boston) and Marcus Liberty (Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons) will serve as youth coaches for the clinic.

PAL and the National Urban League will join forces with these NBRPA Members to conduct life learning sessions for more than 150 clinic participants, as youngsters aged 10-16 spend half their day learning on the court and half their day learning in the classroom.

Nick Anderson was drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1989, and played for the team his first 10 seasons in the NBA. Anderson averaged career high 19.9 ppg for two straight seasons with the team (1991-92, 1992-93). He finished his NBA career with short stints with Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies. Anderson played a total of 800 NBA games (636 started), averaging 14.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg in 31.2 mpg.

Johnny Newman played in the NBA for 16 seasons, saw action for Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Mavericks. Newman averaged double figures in scoring in 11 of his 16 NBA seasons. He played a total of 1159 NBA games (started 512), averaging 11.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg in 24.5 mpg.

Greg Kite played 12 seasons in the NBA, for Boston Celtics, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, NY Knicks and Indiana Pacers. He appeared in total of 680 NBA games (started in 225), averaging 2.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg in 14.8 mpg.

Marcus Liberty, drafted in 1990 by the Denver Nuggets, after a standout career at the University of Illinois, played four years in the NBA for the Nuggets and Detroit Pistons before heading to Europe. Liberty holds career averages of 7.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg in 17.1 mpg. He appeared in total of 267 NBA games, starting in 63 of them.


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