Kenny Anderson, the All-Star guard from the 1990s for the now-Brooklyn Nets, had a stroke Saturday and is recovering, according to a statement from his wife.
According to a statement released by the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, former All-Star guard Kenny Anderson — who played for the team during its days in New Jersey in the 1990s — suffered a stroke on Saturday and is recovering in Nashville, Tenn.
Anderson, 48, just finished his first season as head coach at Fisk University in Nashville, leading the NAIA Division II program to a 9-13 record.
A statement from Anderson’s wife, Natasha Anderson, was released Tuesday by spokesperson Lina Catalfamo Plath:
Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy.com reported Wednesday morning that Anderson said he was “doing well” in response to a text message from Robinson.
The Queens native was a McDonald’s All-American at Archbishop Molloy High School and was New York’s Mr. Basketball in 1989 before enrolling at Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time All-American in his two seasons with the Yellow Jackets before declaring for the NBA Draft in 1991.
The Nets took Anderson with the No. 2 overall pick and he was named an All-Star in 1994, when he was fourth in the NBA averaging 9.6 assists per game and 12th in steals at 1.9 per game, while finishing eighth in the league in minutes played with 3,135.
Anderson played parts of five seasons with New Jersey from 1991-96 before he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in January 1996.
With the Nets, he averaged 15.3 points, 7.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.8 minutes per game over 304 games, shooting 40.9 percent overall and 32.5 percent on 1.9 3-point attempts per game.
Anderson played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers.
At the time he left the NBA in 2005, Anderson was 40th on the NBA’s all-time assist list with 5,196 and is currently 59th.