Anderson, 48, a Queens native, attended Archbishop Molloy High School in the borough. There the 6-2 point guard was a four-time Parade All-American, Parade’s player of the year, and New York’s Mr. Basketball in 1989.
He played 14 years in the NBA including a season-and-a-half for the Blazers, joining the team before the 1996-97 season and putting up 17.5 points and seven assists per game. The following season, he averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 45 games for the Blazers before being traded, along with Gary Trent, Alvin Williams, and two first round picks, to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Damon Stoudamire, Walt Williams, and Carlos Rogers.
Anderson would refuse to report to the Raptors and, after the season, was traded to the Boston Celtics where he resumed his career.
Anderson is the topic of the documentary film Mr. Chibbs, which chronicles some of the challenges that Anderson has faced post-retirement.
We at Blazer’s Edge wish Anderson a speedy recovery.