Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player and motivational speaker. Chris Herren was a high school basketball sensation and the team’s all-time top scorer. After getting picked by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, his NBA ambition came true.
Chris began drinking alcohol at the age of 14 and later began using narcotics during his professional career.
Herren, thankfully, overcame his drug addiction and now works as a motivational speaker.
Family & Personal Life
Chris Herren was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on September 27, 1975.
AL Herren and Cynthia Herren had him as the youngest of their children. Michael Herren is his older brother’s name.
Chris is married to Heather Herren, a stunning woman.
She is the co-founder and largest supporter of Herren Wellness. Similarly, the couple shares three children.
Samantha Herren, their daughter, has already graduated from Providence College.
She also participated in high school lacrosse.
Chris Jr., his son, is also a member of the San Diego basketball team.
He formerly represented Boston College.
Drew Herren, his younger son, plays basketball for his high school. The name of the school is yet to be revealed.
When it comes to tattoos, Herren just has one. That’s on his right arm, and it has significance.
He has the family coats of arms tattooed on his body, which is like a badge of honor.
Body Measurement, Nationality, and Age
Chris Herren is 46 years old now. According to the horoscope chart, he is of American nationality and a Libra.
He appears to be in good shape after overcoming his drug addiction.
He now leads a healthy lifestyle and takes good care of his body.
All of the time he spent in the gym training children is the key to his fitness.
Herren stands 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters) tall and weighs roughly 195 pounds (88kg).
His BMI is 25.0 after taking into account his height and weight.
Facts of Chris Herren
|Name||Christopher Albert Herren|
|Date of Birth||27 September 1975|
|Birth Place||Fall River, Massachusetts, USA|
|Age||46 years old|
|Weight||195 lb (88kg)|
|Body Mass Index (BMI)||25.0|
|Wingspan||7 ft 2 inches|
|Father Name||AL Herren|
|Mother Name||Cynthia Herren|
|Children||Drew Herren, Chris Herren Jr., Samantha Herren|
|Profession||Former Basketball Player and Motivational Speaker|
|Education||B.M.C Durfee Hih School, Boston College, and Fresno State|
|Draft||1999 (Round 2/ 33rd pick)|
|Jersey Number||8, 12|
|Teams||Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics, Skipper Bolongo, Galatasaray, Bejing Ducks, Jiangsu Dragons, Energy Braunschweig, Paykan, and Anwil Wloclawek|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin|
|Merch||Basketball Junkie: A Memoir, ESPN Films: Unguarded, Autograph|
|Last Update||May, 2022|
Chris Herren’s net worth is believed to be $100k, according to several web sources.
Herren made $3,01,875 in his debut season with the Nuggets. Herren made $3,16,969 after joining the Celtics.
His salary was not publicized after he played in overseas leagues.
Chris is now working as a motivational speaker full-time. In the United States, the average motivational speaker earns a five-figure wage. As a result, he must be paid the same as other speakers.
Herren is also supported by sponsors for his motivational talks and organization. He has previously been sponsored by ESPN and other companies.
He’s also been featured in Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated, among other publications.
College and High School
B.M.C. Durfee High School was where Chris played basketball. Herren has a strong family history in Durfee’s family.
He went to the same high school as his grandfather, father, three uncles, and older brother.
Similarly, with 2,073 points, Herren was the top scorer in his high school. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American during his senior year.
He was a significant protagonist in Durfee High School’s novel Fall River Dreams.
Herren turned down scholarship offers from Kentucky and Duke to play for Boston. However, he failed a drug test before making his debut.
Later, he scored 14 points in his sole game for Boston. Herren, however, shattered his wrist and was forced to sit out the rest of the season.
Herren also failed two more drug tests, ending in his expulsion from the university.
State of Fresno Statistics
Herren went on to Fresno State after that. However, due to NCCA transfer rules and restrictions, he redshirted his freshman year.
He went on to play 86 games for Fresno in two seasons. At Fresno State, his performance soared. Herren averaged 17.5 points per game as a sophomore.
In his senior year, he averaged 15.6 points per game. In both years, he averaged nearly five assists per game.
He did, however, fail drug tests again at Fresno State.
Herren was selected 33rd overall in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets.
Over 45 games in his first NBA season, he averaged 13 minutes per game, 3.1 points per game, and 2.5 assists per game. The following season, he joined the Boston Celtics, where he made his first start.
Herren even started seven games in a row. Before being released by the Celtics due to a season-ending injury, he averaged 3.3 points per game and 2.2 assists per game in 25 games.
His NBA career was cut short after only 70 games for two separate teams.
He later went on to play professionally in other overseas leagues. From 2000 to 2006, he played for seven different teams in six different nations.
Addiction & Rehab
Herren began drinking when he was 14 years old, during his freshman year of high school. In the same year, he began consuming marijuana. He used to only drink his father’s beer.
He tried cocaine for the first time shortly before attending college at the age of 18.
Herren also claims that seven of his 14 high school friends were heroin addicts. He also began taking opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet.
He spent $20,000 per month on these products throughout his stint with the Celtics.
Furthermore, Herren once skipped pregame warmup to go to the dealer for drugs, which he consumed before the game.
Similarly, buying these substances on a street corner while dressed as a Celtics fan was like a regular routine for him. Herren also remarked that he would be unable to play without it.
Herren turned down a $50,000 monthly contract from an Italian club during his first year in Europe because they trained in the mountains, where he couldn’t get drugs.
He began buying and using crystal meth after returning from his trip abroad.
Herren was arrested for heroin possession in a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot in Portsmouth in late 2007.
Furthermore, Herren has beaten death twice. First, he went to his friend’s house, a former NFL player, for a 5-day drug stint. When requested to return later, he declined.
The next day, Chris received a call from his friend’s wife informing him that he had been shot and killed.
His most major turning moment, though, occurred in 2008, when he overdosed on heroin and crashed into a power pole. Paramedics even thought he was dead for thirty seconds.
Herren has been alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, after completing intense rehabilitation programs.
Chris Mullin, a former NBA mentor and friend, aided him during his nine-month rehabilitation. Herren founded Hoop Dreams to teach youth on and off the court after becoming clean.
In 2011, he published Basketball Junkie: A Memoir, a book about his career on and off the court.
Unguarded, a documentary about his basketball career and drug problems, aired on ESPN.
His documentary received two Emmy nominations in 2012, for Outstanding Editing and Outstanding Sports Documentary.
He currently travels around the United States giving Herren Talks to share his tales and create good change to people’s lives.
He has already spoken to millions of students and sportsmen about the use of these substances and their overall health.
Herren Project was established in 2011.
It is a non-profit organization that offers free materials and promotes substance abuse treatment, recovery, and prevention.
“Project Purple” was started by Herren Project in 2012 to encourage kids to embrace substance addiction education and awareness.
The effort has already helped 2,823 people.
Furthermore, since its inception, it has given $5,808,149 million to various individuals for treatment and scholarships.
Wellness for Herren
Chris Herren created ‘Herren Wellness’ in 2018 after a string of successful enterprises.
It’s a residential focus for substance abuse, health, and wellness groups.
It is situated in the states of Massachusetts and Virginia.
Similarly, guests are guided through the self-discovery process by a team of professional and certified advisors.
Presence on Social Media
He has 39.1k Instagram followers, 96.5k Twitter followers and 54k like on Facebook.