Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson is currently being hospitalized after suffering a stroke, according to the New York Daily News.
The retired 48-year-old New York player suffered a stroke over the weekend and was hospitalized Saturday. Anderson’s wife of 12 years, Natasha Anderson, released a statement on her husband’s behalf.
“We would like to thank everyone for reaching out on behalf of Kenny. 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,” Natasha stated.
While much has not been mentioned regarding Anderson’s status since his hospitalization over the weekend, The New York Times‘ Adam Zagoria reports the player’s health as “improving,” and insists that the former point guard is on the road to recovery.
“I was told Kenny Anderson had the stroke on Saturday and will head into a rehab facility for 7 days beginning soon,” Zagoria additionally tweeted.
Despite a lucrative 14 year career in the league, being drafted number two overall in 1991 to the Nets, and making an estimated $60 million during his career, Anderson had the misfortune of “retiring broke,” according to Yahoo News. Between excess spending habits, having seven kids with five different women, and three marriages (one of which included a marriage to reality-star Tami Roman), the point guard underwent major monetary setbacks.
in 2013, after a long bout with alcohol addiction, Anderson lost his job as a high school boys’ basketball coach at David Posnack Jewish Day School, after incurring a DUI in Pembroke Pines, FL.
In his 2017 documentary entitled “Mr. Chibbs,” Anderson revealed he’d been sexually abused as a child by both a person who lived in his neighborhood and a basketball coach. He originally revealed the abuse in a New York Post story.
As of September 2018, the former New York legend currently serves as the head coach at Fisk University, an NAIA program in Nashville.