Former NBA point guard Kenny Anderson was reported by a friend to have been hospitalized after suffering a stroke last weekend, according to the New York Daily News. The Daily News reported that an acquaintance of Anderson said he is “doing well.”
Anderson’s wife Natasha released a statement Tuesday, thanking everyone for reaching out to the family. She asked for privacy as Anderson heals.
A statement from Kenny Anderson's wife, Natasha Anderson: "We would like to thank everyone for reaching out on behalf of Kenny. Our family is extremely grateful for all the prayers and love that we have received.” Anderson, a legendary NYC guard, suffered a stroke on Saturday: pic.twitter.com/SxjneI82Sz
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 26, 2019
Anderson, 48, is well known for his eclectic life and career. In high school, Anderson set the New York state scoring record, scoring 2,621 points over his time spent at Archbishop Molloy High School. The record was not broken until 2004.
Anderson went on to playing basketball for Georgia Tech for two years from 1989-1991. He was then drafted by the New Jersey Nets where he played for five years before bouncing around the NBA between the Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers between 1991-2005. In 1994, he made the NBA All-Star team.
In 2006, before ending his professional basketball career, Anderson played for the Lithuanian basketball team Žalgiris Kanunas, one of the oldest teams in the EuroLeague.
Anderson went on to coach basketball at David Posnack Jewish Day School in Florida in 2011, but after a 2013 DUI arrest, the school did not renew Anderson’s contract.
Despite making $63 million over the course of his NBA career, Anderson filed for bankruptcy in 2005.
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