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January 29, 2013

Video, Q&A: Former NBA star talks of losing career to drugs

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NEW CASTLE — What was it like when ESPN did the “30 for 30” program on you? What was it like with them following you everywhere?

“It was actually not that invasive. They weren’t with me everywhere. It was a New York crew who would call me and say, ‘Call us when you think you have something that we’d like to film.’

“I was almost, not in charge, but if I felt that there was something coming up, I’d give them a call and they’d drive down. That being said, the original story that was being released was not about me speaking to people in rooms. It was basically about my life and how it changed in the gym with the kids, with Hoop Dreams.

“For instance, I think they had 700 hours of footage of me in the gym and probably 40 hours of me speaking. And then, on the last day, they said ‘We’re gonna switch it.’

“So I wanted to kill them and I said, ‘I spent 700 hours with you for no reason.’ But, they become like family. That crew is like, they’re with you, they know your kids. It’s a pretty special thing once they’re in there for a little while.”

(Tomorrow: Watch and listen to Part 2 of Chris Herren’s powerful story.)

 

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