Chris Herren, former NBA player, to Speak at Lasell Sunday About Substance Addition as a Player

Chris Herren, former NBA player, to Speak at Lasell Sunday About Substance Addition as a Player

October 18, 2012

Chris Herren, a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, former NBA player with the Boston Celtics and college player at both Boston College and later at Fresno State, will speak at Lasell College on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7 pm in de Witt Hall. The event is open to the public.

Herren, who played short stints with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, struggled with severe substance addiction throughout his career. Herren, who has written about and been the subject of documentaries about his substance abuse as a player, will speak to the Lasell community about his life, its challenges and lessons he has learned.

Herren was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets and later went on to play for the Boston Celtics in 2000. After a season-ending injury, he went onto play basketball in several countries including Italy, Poland and Turkey.

Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.

In June of 2009 Herren launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company which offers basketball training, camps, and clinics to top basketball prospects in New England. Off the court he continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. To support this vision, he founded The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance to families affected by addiction.

Chris Herren's memoir, Basketball Junkie, written with Providence Journal columnist Bill Reynolds, was released in May of 2011. It chronicles his struggles with addiction and his journey on and off the basketball court. He is also the subject of an ESPN films documentary Unguarded, directed by Jonathan Hock.

The event is co-sponsored by Lasell's Peer Health Educators, Health Services, the Counseling Center and the Athletic Department.