Former San Antonio Spurs guard and current head coach of the University of Alabama’s basketball team Avery Johnson spoke at the 10th class of Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame that took place on September 3rd at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville, Texas. John talked to the crowd about his life and experiences as both a professional player and a coach, and also discussed about all of the accomplishments he found along the way.
The 1999 NBA Champion also told the audience that he always likes to return back to San Antonio as a nod to recognizing where he came from and got started. Even though he is originally from New Orleans, Johnson got his footing with professional basketball during his first years in Texas.
The 2006 NBA Coach of the Year played basketball at three different colleges: New Mexico JC, Cameron, and Southern between the years of 1983 and 1988. Even though he wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft, Johnson still went on to play professionally in 1988 with the Seattle Supersonics. Over the course of his playing career until 2004 he was on many other teams which include the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and Dallas Mavericks. After retiring as a player, the point guard went on to coach for the Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, and currently the Crimson Tide’s basketball team in Alabama. In addition to that, Johnson has also appeared on ESPN as a analyst on NBA Tonight, Sports Center, and NBA Coast to Coast.
Johnson spoke at this year’s Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony that happened early last month in Kerrville, Texas, and it was a very inspiring and exciting speech for everyone who got to be present for it.
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