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Saturday / November 16.
  • Legendary New York basketball star Kenny Anderson improving after stroke

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Legendary New York City basketball star Kenny Anderson is improving after suffering a stroke on Saturday, sources told ZAGSBLOG.

    The former Archbishop Molloy High School and Georgia Tech star suffered the stroke on Saturday night and was in intensive care until Monday night. He lost some vision in his right eye. Anderson suffers from high cholosterol and high blood pressure and was not taking any medication for the conditions, sources said. Sources said he’s alert and talking a little bit, and will head to a rehabilitation facility for seven days, possibly beginning Wednesday. His wife, Natasha, has been with him in the hospital.

    “We would like to thank everyone for reaching out on behalf of Kenny,” she told the Daily News. “Our family is extremely grateful for all the prayers and love that we have received over the last few days. We appreciate you continuing to respect our privacy as Kenny heals.”

    Anderson, 48, was the No. 2 overall pick of the New Jersey Nets in 1991. He scored more than 10,000 NBA points and was an All-Star in 1994. He finished his pro career overseas in 2006.

    At Molloy, he was a four-time Parade All-American and New York’s Mr. Basketball in 1989. He led Molloy to two New York City Catholic league championships and scored 2,621 points, then a state record.

    In a 2017 documentary entitled “Mr. Chibbs,” he discussed how he had been sexually abused as a child by both a person who lived in his neighborhood and a basketball coach. He revealed the news to the New York Post in 2013.

    After being fired for a DUI arrest while coaching at the David Posnack Jewish Day School in 2013, Anderson was later hired as the head coach at NAIA school Fisk University last September.

    “The film, it’s painful but it’s true. It’s honest,” Anderson told the Daily News.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.