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Kenny Anderson
Kenny Anderson
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Born: 10/09/70
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:168 lbs. / 76.2 kg.
Earnings: $63,425,200 ($114,602,117*)
Chuck Daly, Nate McMillan, P.J. Carlesimo, Bill Fitch and Bobby Cremins are among the coaches who have informed Anderson’s path to the profession. Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse is a friend who invites Anderson to his practices. He’s still trying to find the right formula at this level, a quest made more difficult by his strokes. “He’s consumed by (coaching), but he absolutely loves it,” Natasha said. “He’s been through a lot, but you can see he’s making progress,” said Cremins, who started recruiting Anderson to Georgia Tech as a high school freshman and who has been to Fisk to consult and help him raise funds. “I think his faith brought him to Fisk more than anything. He wants to win, and that’s hard. He’s got to find some sleepers, and he’s got to teach them to play. But I’ve seen what he means to those kids.”
Kenny Anderson, a 14-year veteran, most prominently with the Nets, Celtics and Trail Blazers, is now the head coach at Fisk University in Nashville and led one of the groups here. He was appreciative that the players were getting the exposure, showing their skills on the floor at Thomas & Mack Center before the start of the NBA Summer League games. “I’m trying to build a program,” Anderson said. “I love doing what I’m doing. It’s a challenge, but I love it.”
Kenny Anderson’s recollections of his three appearances in the Beach Ball Classic in the late 1980s are less vivid since a stroke two years ago impacted his memory. But those who saw him play at Socastee High School, where the tournament was held those days, certainly remember the performances he put on. Anderson is regarded by many who have watched or been affiliated with the tournament for most or all of its 40 years as the best player ever at the Beach Ball.
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Anderson said the stroke has caused his memory to be “scattered, but that’s the only [lasting] thing, God bless,” he said. “I have an appointment once a month to check and everything has been good. The people at Vanderbilt hospital have been awesome. I really thank them for everything, for my health.” He had just finished coaching Fisk in his first season when he went home for a week break and had the stroke. “I blame it on them sometimes when I want to joke around with my [players]: ‘Y’all caused it. We were losing too and everything and ‘Boom,’ ” Anderson quipped.
Anderson, 50, has returned to the Beach Ball this year for the first time since he was a player 1988 in another role. He is in his third season as the coach of historically black Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which competes at the NAIA level. “I had some great times at the Beach Ball Classic. This is my first time here [since 1988],” he said. “It’s kind of strange because now I”m coaching and I’m looking at players to get, knowing I had success here in the tournament. It’s just interesting and great being back in South Carolina.”

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