Mere hours before the debut of his film, “Mr Chibbs: Basketball is Easy, Life is Hard,” Kenny Anderson dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday to discuss his life, career, and documentary.
The former NBA All-Star has had his fair share of peaks and valleys. The Queens native was one of the greatest high school players of all time, led Georgia Tech to the Final Four in 1990, was the No. 2 overall pick in 1991 and spent more than a decade in the NBA. But he was also sexually abused in his youth, which still affects him today.
Anderson, 46, was asked if he is happy.
“Am I happy? I’m not sure,” Anderson said on Gio and Jones. “I’m just trying (to live) every day one day at a time. I’m happy this morning. I feel good. I’m mixed right now because I’m about to go to my mentor’s mother’s funeral.”
That mentor is NBA studio analyst and two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith, whose mother, Annie Mae Smith, passed away on April 26.
“That was like my second family,” Anderson said. “But I got up and I got my premier tonight, so this is crazy. It’s a crazy mix (of) emotions, but I’m trying to find myself. That word (happy) for me, it’s tough for me to define that.”
Anderson’s film premiers Wednesday, May 2, at the IFC Center in New York City. The former Archbishop Malloy standout addresses numerous topics in the film, including his wandering mind. In his playing days, Anderson could be having a great game but often felt detached from it. Physically, he was there, but mentally, he was elsewhere.
Anderson was asked if that stemmed from his childhood abuse.
“I think so,” he said. “It’s Mental Health Awareness month, and I’ve dealt with depression. My body’s wired differently, and this is what (I’m exploring in therapy). She (my therapist) is trying to figure things out for me. Some of this stuff is logic, but it’s good to sit and talk to somebody to have a solution. She says, ‘You should do this. You should read this.’ So it’s helping me. Like I said, one day at a time, one movement. I think a lot now with what I’m about to do before I do it. It’s life.”