Learn more about how and how our. Our reaction of anger and disappointment is a reflection of disappointment in ourselves. Hock makes the question implicit in the film. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Denver Nuggets general manager Dan Issel, center, jokes with his team's top draft picks, Xavier of Ohio's James Posey, left, and Fresno State guard Chris Herren, right, as Issel introduces the pair to reporters during a news conference on Thursday, July 1, 1999, in Denver's McNichols Sports Arena.
But he allowed Herren to put bandages on a critical problem by sending him to rehab for a month and putting him back on the court. That was the beginning of the end of Herren's basketball career. We are lucky to have had him come share his message. Yet when he was traded to the Boston Celtics, where he was back home, he began a severe addiction to Oxycontin and eventually heroin which nearly killed him several times. We see him giving a speech at a drug rehab, a high school and a couple other places and it's clear that he certainly has a motivation skill and this story certainly speaks to people. No fancy narration or hyped up music, just Herren talking his way through his traumatic ordeal. It's an honest self-analysis and the lessons largely speak for themselves.
There are the obvious Massachusetts parallels, and a heavy focus is placed on Herren's family and the culture of the town where Herren grew up, Fall River. Athletes can often be seen as heroes, especially in our culture. It's part tragedy, part cautionary tale and a true one-of-a-kind. At age 18 he was a McDonald's All American and a high school basketball standout. Days later he was traded to the Celtics — his dream team.
Many of our pubic figures in life, from community leaders, to artists and athletes, become our heroes, and some of them end up becoming villains. Four years ago he was passed out behind a convenience store, high on crystal meth and heroin. While he is a celebrity, his demeanor is one of humility and openness about his sobriety in life. Herren grew up in Fall River, Mass. Hock — like everyone else in Mr. He suffered, and his family suffered with him.
Another injury knocked him out of the league, and he never recovered, eventually surfacing in Bologna, Italy, with an addiction that had progressed to heroin. Herren is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction, and to educating people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. The documentary details a series of heart-rending tales from Herren's worst days: sleeping behind a convenience store in Modesto while his wife and kids wait for him at an airport hours away, getting hammered hours after leaving a treatment center to witness the birth of his third child, overdosing in a Dunkin' Donuts drive-through. He was able to get a ride back to the treatment center in New York. There weren't thousands in the stands to watch the once McDonald's All-American and high school standout. Ultimately, Chris, the youngest and most talented of three generations of local heroes, has found redemption and personal fulfillment through the game, but only after it led him literally around the world, down a path of alcohol and drug addiction that nearly killed him.
There's no question that the message here is anti-drug and you can't help but be amazed at Herren's story. This from a former Boston Celtic and at one point one of the top basketball prospects in the nation. Much like The Fab Five, the film doesn't hesitate to ask extreme questions and it doesn't fail to deliver slick production values and expertly edited game footage which are equal parts tantalizing and memorable. It was on a similar court in Massachusetts so many years earlier where Herren made a name for himself. One such story of hero to villain, and then back again to hero, is that of former basketball star, Chris Herren. We celebrate the lives of our heroes and rightfully so. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug abuse, drinking and driving as well as self-harm.
The students and faculty were buzzing about him all week and still are. Herren grew up in Fall River, a sizable town in Massachusetts, where friends are not just friends, but part of your extended family. Upon graduating, Herren was a second round draft pick for the Denver Nuggets, where he states that he became clean due to the excessive babysitting the team's management pushed on him. The artists and athletes we admire are people who create and inspire, expressing truth in the moment. The film parallels itself with shots of Herren's current career, which is traveling across the country to high schools, prisons, and athletes and giving not a motivational speech but a recount of his nightmarish tale of drug addiction and the lengthy but not hopeless road to recovery, keenly reminding the audience that he once sat through long, bloated drug speeches during school and payed no attention.
Opioid crisis: Holding out hope: Helping out: Now in his early 40s, Herren is fit and stands at 6 feet 2 inches. Additionally Chris will share statistics of drug and alcohol use amongst teens nationwide. There's another story about him playing with the Celtics where minutes from the game he was outside on the street trying to score some drugs. Chris struggled with substance use for much of his basketball career, but now in recovery has courageously chosen to share his harrowing story of addiction and recovery with audiences far and wide in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life. I think the most interesting thing about Herren's case is how extremely well he continued to play while on drugs.
Many we look up to as our heroes end up becoming villains, or sometimes the reverse is true. Being willing to put it all on the line for ones passion is seen as heroic. The upshot is that Herren is now sober and working as a motivational speaker; it's pretty clear that he has the gift to reach people, and not just because he's been there. That's how sick we get. So many men who enter the highest level of this sport are so vulnerable, so in need of positive mentoring. Now imagine adding the expectations of your whole town, your state, your college, your city, and your nation.