Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Boston Celtics Antoine Walker and Chris Herren on the dark side of Hoop Dreams

Sometimes we forget that life isn't all Hoop Dreams, its a long road and sometimes people lose their way. Below are two examples of NBA players who've reached the mountain top of the NBA but have battled hardship even after getting there.

Chris Herren's confessional book about battling drug addiction whilst trying to make a name for himself in the NBA
Book Excerpt: B-Ball Junkie
People think that when you’re doing drugs you’re high all the time, out partying. They think you’re having fun. That’s not it at all. You’re not having fun. You’re in hell. Without the dope I would be “dope sick,” so sick that I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t even get up. I’d be in a fetal position. You have the sweats one minute, and you’re freezing cold the next. It’s like having the flu with restless legs, because you can’t control them. They’re kickin’ all over the place. You also can’t sleep more than 15 minutes at a time. You wake up in the morning and there’s no blanket, no sheets, the mattress is sideways. And when it gets bad, you want to ram your head into the headboard.
Antoine Walker clears some misconceptions with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith about how he lost the $110 million fortune he amassed during his 13 year NBA Career.

VIDEO: ESPN 30 for 30 - Antoine Walker, From NBA To Broke

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