Like many teenagers, John Starks always knew he wanted to be a professional basketball player. Unlike most, Starks was able to make that dream a reality when he signed with the Golden State Warriors and an undrafted player in 1988, and later the New York Knicks in 1990. Thirteen years later, he was able to retire as one of the most beloved players in New York Knicks history. To this day, he remains a fan favorite in the New York area.
Starks knows the importance of never giving up on a dream. During his outstanding eight (8) year career with the New York Knicks, Starks was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1992-1993, became an NBA All-Star in 1994, and was awarded the League’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1996-1997 where he averaged 14.1 points per game and led the Knicks in three-point goals (982). To date, Starks remains 11th in total points (8,489), 8th in assists (2,394), and 7th in steals (711) in Knicks history.
In the final minute of New York’s win over Chicago in Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals, Starks performed one of the most memorable plays in team history – “The Dunk.”
“The Dunk” happened when Starks made a left-handed jam over Michael Jordan. It remains a legendary moment as it led to the Knicks ’ win in that game, 96-91.
Current day … when not cheering on the Knicks, John enjoys playing golf and working with the John Stark Foundation primarily focused on supporting NY, NJ, CT and Tulsa, OK college-bound students. In addition, "Keep Shooting - The John Starks Story" is currently in production.
Now John is coming to GetSetUp for his behind-the-scenes insights into an NBA player's career, tips for staying fit as you age from a superstar professional athlete, and how to support youth across America through The John Starks Foundation. Join older adult peers to hear how this legend is creating positive change in his local community and across the country.
A fireside chat with NBA Legend John Starks as he not only shares behind-the-scenes stories from his incredible basketball career but also discusses his life post-NBA. Learn how a legendary athlete stays fit over time and how Starks turned his fame into an impactful foundation to support youth.
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