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As a man of faith and strong family values, Allan Houston lives his life with a determination to utilize his success as a professional athlete to help others while continuing to grow a variety of entrepreneurial interests. Recently appointed Assistant General Manager for the New York Knicks, Allan has been an international ambassador for the NBA, spokesperson for the National Fatherhood Initiative, ESPN analyst, and burgeoning book author. Allan continues to share his experience and life perspectives with an ever growing audience.
Before his retirement in the Fall of 2005, Allan was touted as one of the "purest shooters" in the NBA, finishing his career as one of the NBA's all-time greatest long-range shooters (#11 in three pointers made) and one of the all-time leading scorers in Knicks history (#2 in three pointers, #4 in total points, and #8 in scoring average). Allan is a two-time NBA All-Star, and in his last healthy season (2002-03) finished as the 10th leading scorer in the league. But for all his accomplishments he is especially proud of being named one of The Sporting News' "Good Guys in Sports" (four times) and helping Team USA bring home the gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics games in Sydney, Australia.
Allan's dedication to helping others is demonstrated through the exciting work of his Legacy Foundation, which is currently working with a variety of community and corporate partners to empower and serve the needs of young people. The Foundation's original programming includes the "Father Knows Best" Basketball Retreat, a weekend event that combines high-powered basketball with life-skills for fathers/mentors and their sons/mentees. Together with Citigroup, Lenovo and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Foundation created an innovative program for aspiring entrepreneurs which launched in Harlem last year, expanded to New Orleans, and is now heading to Chicago. These meaningful programs are empowering young people socially, intellectually, professionally, and spiritually and have garnered substantial media coverage.
With a strong entrepreneurial spirit inherited from his parents, Allan continues to build and expand Allan Houston Enterprises which serves as an umbrella company for a variety of business ventures, including - H2O Global Media (a company created to aggregate, acquire and create positive media content); Committed & Legacy Camps (Basketball Camps that focus on the fundamentals of shooting and success producing life skills); UNK NBA (an urban fashion producer licensed by the NBA); and Public Speaking. The company is currently looking to expand its interests in these and other industries.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Allan graduated from the University of Tennessee and recently receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at Dowling College. Allan is happily married to Tamara Johnson Houston with six wonderful children.