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Episode 53: Kevin Willis | 22-Year NBA Veteran & NBA Champion

Episode 53: Kevin Willis | 22-year NBA Veteran & NBA Champion

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Rich Take On Sports

Show Notes:

  • Rich Spotlight: Kevin Willis
    • Commitment to training has kept him in shape throughout his career and after his playing days
    • Became interested in fashion at an early age when he would swap clothes with neighborhood friends
    • Was more into running than basketball as a kid and good outrun anyone and then grew 5 inches in one summer
    • It was coach William Carter at Persian High School that invited him to play basketball
    • Went to junior college at Jackson Community College & Jud Heathcote from Michigan State recruited him to be a Spartan
    • After his Senior year at Michigan State, many still doubted his full NBA potential but Marty Blake, NBA superscout, invited him to attend the 1984 NBA Draft
    • Kevin was selected 11th overall to the Atlanta Hawks in 1984
    • Willis Reed and Hakeem Olajuwon had a profound impact on his career by trying to get him to play without so much anger
    • Hardest players to matchup against were Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charles Barkley
    • Named an NBA All-Star in 1992 and would win an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003
    • Started his clothing line Willis & Walker in 1988 and would spend several summers interning through the NBA in NYC to learn more about the clothing business
    • Continues to focus on his clothing line and giving back through the Atlanta Children’s Foundation
    • Words of Wisdom from Kevin Willis: “Always follow your dreams and the number one thing is always to trust in God. You need that foundation that only God can provide that you need to stand upon.”

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Bernstein

About the author, Richmond Weaver

Richmond, a graduate of Clemson University has been involved with sports for most of his life and developed a passion for basketball and sports at an early age. He currently lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Karen, founder of Upstate Esthetics and their three kids.

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