As a starting NBA point guard, Chris Herren traveled coast to coast, playing the sport he had loved since childhood. But Herren wasn't just shooting hoops as he crisscrossed the country for various professional basketball teams. He was shooting heroin and popping pills.
No matter where he went, Herren could not shake the addiction. At one low point, Herren — wearing his Boston Celtics uniform — waited in the rain for a drug dealer outside the Boston Garden just minutes before tipoff.
Eight years sober, now Herren travels to school gyms and auditoriums to deliver a cautionary tale that, luckily, ends with recovery and redemption rather than prison or death.