NBA Coach, Former Southern star visits BR youth
BATON ROUGE - Avery Johnson, a former Southern University basketball star-turned NBA coach, is speaking to students throughout Baton Rouge about making positive choices.
Avery has been working for the organization "Just Say Yes". He explains, "It stands for youth equipped for success.
And we're trying to encourage kids to make the right choices. Saying yes to the right type of behavior and saying no to dysfunctional behavior. "
Before the New Orleans native became head coach for the New Jersey Nets and played for several NBA teams, he was also a student athlete at Southern University.
He says, "This is where I learned how to play, this is where I met my wife, this is where I met some of the most important people to me."
Johnson said he can't comment on the lockout because of NBA rules, but warned students to make sure to create other goals outside of becoming a pro ball player.
He says, "I think it's critical that you have a lot of different options. Even when I was at Southern University I had my eyes on the NBA but I was also preparing on getting my masters in sports psychology."
Over the next two days, Johnson will visit six Baton Rouge schools.