Most people think the first drink is part of growing up, but they don’t know when it may become an addiction. Chris Herren drank alcohol at 14 and later changed into using drugs in his professional career.
Herren was a high school basketball phenom being the all-time leading scorer of the team.
Later, his NBA dream was fulfilled after being drafted by Denver Nuggets in 1999.
But his NBA career was short-lived for two years only. After that, he played in the overseas leagues in seven different countries.
Thankfully, Herren bounced back from his drug addiction and now acts as a motivational speaker.
Although there may not be next to Chris Herren in basketball, there are high chances of the next Chris Herren being a drug addict.
So, now he is doing his best to prevent the exact issue through his own non-profit organization.
|Name||Christopher Albert Herren|
|Date of Birth||27 September 1975|
|Birth Place||Fall River, Massachusetts, USA|
|Age||47 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|
|Last Update||December, 2022|
Chris Herren | Personal Life & Family
Chris Herren, the former professional basketball player, was born on 27 September 1975 in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
He was born as the youngest son of parents, AL Herren and Cynthia Herren. His older brother’s name is Michael Herren.
Chris Herren is married to his gorgeous wife, Heather Herren. She is the co-founder of Herren Wellness and also his biggest supporter.
They say, “there’s always a woman behind a successful man.” As stated, she was always there in Herren’s highs and lows.
Likewise, the couple has three children together. Their daughter Samantha Herren has already graduated from Providence College. Also, she played lacrosse during high school.
Similarly, his son Chris Herren Jr. is a member of the San Diego basketball team. Previously, he played for Boston College.
His younger son, Drew Herren, is also a member of his school basketball team. The name of the school is not disclosed as of now.
Talking about tattoos, Herren only has one tattoo. That’s on his right arm, which has a special meaning.
He has tattooed the family’s coats of arms which is like a badge of honor.
Chris Herren | Age, Nationality, and Body Measurement
To date, Chris Herren is 47 years old. He is of American nationality and Libra, according to the horoscope chart.
After making a comeback from drug use, he seems fit and fine. Now he is living a healthy lifestyle, taking proper care of his body.
The secret behind his fitness is all the time that he spent in the gym training children.
As for his body measurements, Herren weighs 6 ft 2 inches (1.88m) and weighs around 195 lb (88kg). After calculation of his height and weight values, his BMI comes at 25.0.
Chris Herren | High School and College
Chris Herren played basketball at B.M.C. Durfee High School. Durfee has a long family history of Herren.
His grandfather, father, three uncles, and older brother also attended the same high school.
Similarly, Herren was the highest scorer in his high school, with 2,073 points. During his senior season, he earned Gatorade Player of the year and McDonald’s All-American honor.
In Durfee High Shool’s book called Fall River Dreams, he became a central figure.
To play for Boston, Herren rejected scholarship offers from Kentucky and Duke. But before making his debut, he failed a drug test.
Later, in his first only game for Boston, he scored 14 points. But sadly, Herren broke his wrist, which kept him out for the rest of the season.
Furthermore, Herren failed a drug test again two times, resulting in expulsion from the university.
Fresno State Stats
Herren then transferred to Fresno State. But, he redshirted his first year due to NCCA transfer rules and regulations.
Later, he played 86 games for Fresno in two full seasons. His performance skyrocketed at Fresno State. During his sophomore season, Herren averaged 17.5 PPG.
Likewise, in his senior year, he averaged 15.6 PPG. He also dished nearly five assists per game in both years.
However, he also failed drug tests again at Fresno State too.
Chris Herren | Professional Career
Denver Nuggets drafted Herren in the 1999 NBA draft as a 2nd-round 33rd pick.
During his first NBA season, he averaged 13 minutes, recording 3.1 PPG and 2.5 APG over 45 games. Next season he joined Boston Celtics, where he played as a starter for the first time.
Herren even started seven consecutive games. Over 25 games, he recorded 3.3 PPG and 2.2 APG before being released by the Celtics because of a season-ending injury.
Sadly, his NBA career ended, playing just 70 games for two different teams.
Later, he went played professionally in different overseas leagues. He played for seven different teams in 6 different countries from 2000-2006.
Chris Herren | Drug Use & Recovery
Herren started drinking at the age of 14 during his freshman year in high school. He also started smoking pot the same year. In the beginning, he just drank dad beer.
Later just before starting college at 18, he tried cocaine for the first time.
Herren also states that out of 14 high school teammates, seven of them were heroin addicts.
Furthermore, he started using painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet.
During his time at the Celtics, he was spending $20,000 per month on these items.
Moreover, Herren once left pregame warmup to get pills from the dealer and took pills before the game.
Likewise, it was like a daily routine for him to buy these substances on a street corner wearing a Celtics dress. Herren also stated not being able to play without it in his system.
During his first year in Europe, Herren rejected a $50,000 salary per month from an Italian club due to their training in mountains where he could not access drugs.
After returning from overseas, he started to buy and use crystal meth.
In late 2007, at Dunkin’s donuts parking lot in Portsmouth, Herren was charged with heroin possession.
Not only that but Herren survived death twice. Firstly, after he spent a 5-day drug stint at his friend’s house, also a former NFL player. Later, if asked again to come back, he said no.
The following day, Chris received a call from his friend’s wife stating he had been shot dead.
However, his most significant turning point came in 2008 when he overdosed on heroin resulting in a crash to a utility pole. He was even considered dead for thirty seconds by paramedics.
Since 1 August 2008, Herren has been alcohol and drug-free after taking intensive rehabilitation programs. He was assisted by his former friend and NBA mentor Chris Mullin for his nine months of rehabilitation.
Firstly after being sober, Herren initiated Hoop Dreams for mentoring children on and off the court.
Later, he wrote a book entitled Basketball Junkie: A Memoir, reporting his on and off a career in 2011.
ESPN aired a documentary named Unguarded, documenting his basketball career and drug-related matters.
In 2012, his documentary was nominated for 2 Emmys categories, i.e., Outstanding Editing and Outstanding Sports Documentary.
At present, through Herren Talks, he travels around the US to share his stories to bring positive people’s lives.
He has already interacted with millions of students and athletes regarding the use of these substances and wellness.
Likewise, Herren Project was founded in 2011. It is a non-profit organization that provides free resources and supports treating, recovering, and preventing substance use.
In 2012 Herren Project initiated “Project Purple” to encourage students to embrace substance abuse education and awareness.
The project has already assisted 2,823 individuals.
Furthermore, it has already provided $5,808,149 million for treatment and scholarships to various individuals since its establishment.
After his other successful projects, Chris founded ‘Herren Wellness’ in 2018. It is a residential target for substance use, health, and wellness organization. It is located in Massachusetts and Virginia.
Similarly, a team of experienced and certified consultants guides guests through the self-discovery process.
Chris Herren | Net Worth
During his first season with the Nuggets, Herren earned $3,01,875. Later, after joining Celtics, Herren earned $3,16,969.
But after playing in the overseas leagues, his salary was not published.
Now, Chris has been actively working as a motivational speaker. On average motivational speaker earns 5 figure salary in the USA. So, he must be earning the exact figure as other speakers.
Likewise, Herren is also sponsored for his motivational speeches and his organization. In the past, he was sponsored by ESPN and other various companies. Likewise, he has also been featured in magazines like Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated.
According to various online sources, the estimated net worth of Chris Herren is $100k.
Social Media Presence
Instagram : 39.1k Followers
Twitter: 96.5k Followers
Facebook: 54k Followers
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Herren Project?
Former professional basketball player Chris Herren initiated Herren’s project in 2011.
Moreover, it is a national non-profit organization that provides free support and resources for treating, recovering, and preventing drug use.
Who is Chris Herren’s wife?
Chris Herren is married to Heather Herren. Furthermore, they have three kids together: a daughter named Samantha Herren and sons; Chris Herren Jr. and Drew Herren.
How many years has Chris Herren been sober?
Chris Herren has been sober for 11 years. However, during his basketball career, he struggled with the use of drugs.
But now, Herren is doing his best to prevent others from using these substances with his own organization’s help.
Does Chris Herren have any movies?
Chris Herren has had two movies to date. The first one was released in 2011 named “Unguarded,” and the second one was released in 2013 named “The Anonymous People.”
Which team does Chris Herren play in NBA? What is his career statistic like?
Denver Nuggets drafted Chris Herren in the 1999 NBA draft, where he played for one year. Later, he joined Boston Celtics for the 2000-01 season.
After leaving the Celtics, he played for seven different overseas teams in six years.
Similarly, Chris Herren has played a total of 70 games and saved eight of them. During those games, he has maintained a statistic of 33.6 field goal percentage, 69.2 free throw percentage, and 32.8 three-point percentage.
Likewise, he has an average of 1.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.4 steals, and 3.2 points.