NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Kenny Anderson was a star at Georgia Tech and a mainstay in the NBA.
But it was his time at Archbishop Molloy High School under the tutelage of coach Jack Curran that laid the groundwork for his future. Thursday was emotional for Anderson, who learned his legendary mentor had died at 82.READ MORE: 'Best Small Cities In America': New Jersey Communities Make Top 25
“I’m kind of cloudy,” Anderson told WFAN’s Steve Somers on Thursday night. “It’s been an up-and-down day for me, very emotional.”
Anderson said he was “just a snotty-nosed, arrogant kid” from Queens when he met Curran.
And then it all changed.
“It wasn’t just basketball,” Anderson said. “He taught me how to lead at a very young age. Playing varsity as a freshman was real big for me, and it really taught me how to deal with different adversities. … If it wasn’t for Molloy and Jack Curran, there’s no telling how my career would have gone.”