Wednesday, 22 September 2010
EX-NBA STAR STEVE SMITH IN KENYA
On Saturday, the finals for the Sprite Slam Basketball tournament will be graced by ex NBA star Steven Smith to identify young talent.
Steven will jet into the country on Thursday, September 23, afternoon in preparation for the finals at the Railway Club.
He will conduct training sessions together with Kenyan National Basketball Association in which he will identify the best 3 to fly to the USA and attend the NBA boot camp.
Steven, born March 31, 1969, in Highland Park, MI, attended Pershing High School. He went to college at Michigan State University where he was a star point guard.
Smith was selected fifth overall by the Miami Heat in the 1991 NBA Draft. His rookie season, Smith averaged 12.0 ppg and earned a spot on the 1992 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
He played in Miami for three seasons before he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks just as the 1994-95 season was getting underway. Smith played for the Hawks for five seasons, including the 1997-98 season when he averaged 20.1 ppg and was named to the 1998 NBA All-Star Team.
On August 7, 1999, Smith was traded to the Portland Trailblazers where he played for two seasons. From there, Smith went on to play for a number of other teams including San Antonio, where he won the 2003 NBA Championship, New Orleans, and Charlotte, ultimately returning to Miami where he retired after the 2004-05 season.
Since his retirement, Smith has stayed close to NBA action. In 2005-06 season, he began serving as a color-commentator for the Atlanta Hawks. He worked for the Hawks for three seasons before joining NBA TV in 2008. He lives in Atlanta with Millie. The couple has two sons, Brayden and Davis.