Talks with Former NBA Star Chris Herren

Former NBA star Chris Herren, who will be at the Skookum Creek Event Center on May 15th, took some time Friday, May 4th to talk with Herren was a high school basketball star whose drug and alcohol problem has been well documented throughout his career which took him from Fall River, Massachusetts to Boston College, to Fresno State, to the NBA and overseas before his addictions ended things in 2004. Herren continued what he called in his book Basketball Junkie his “secret life” of addiction until he was found unconscious in his car with a needle sticking out of his arm. The opening line in his book: “I was dead for thirty seconds.”

Our conversation, as he was driving from one school appearance to another, started at the beginning…5-4-12 chris herren (2)

Picture from "The Fall River Herald News" of Herren play for Durfee High School
Picture of Herren playing at Fresno State against a Lithuanian team

We’ll have more from my conversation with Chris Herren in the coming days.

For more information, check out Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren (, the Herren Project ( or pick up a copy of Basketball Junkie.

Herren’s appearance at Skookum Creek Event Center at Little Creek Casino Resort called “A Message of Hope” is free and starts at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 15th.