John Starks

March 09, 2011 3:46 pm EST
ALUMNI RELATIONS AND FAN DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR

Currently in his seventh season as a member of Knicks front office after tenure as one of the most popular, tenacious and electrifying players in team history...Named to current post on Oct. 6, 2004...Involved in day-to-day efforts to expand Knicks Alumni Relations, Community Relations and Fan Development programs...Provides support in sponsor, suite sales and marketing efforts.

All-out style stamped him as one of city’s most popular athletes during memorable eight-year Knicks career (1990-91 through 1997-98)...NBA All-Star in 1994, All-Defensive Second Team in 1992-93, League’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1996-97...Averaged 14.1 points as a Knick and played key role on 1994 Eastern Conference Championship team...Knicks’ all-time career leader in three-point field goals (982), 11th in total points (8,489), eighth in assists (2,394), seventh in steals (711)...Authored one of the most famous plays in team history - “The Dunk” - in final minute of NY’s win over Chicago in Game Two of 1993 Eastern Conference Finals (May 25, 1993).

Averaged 12.5 points over standout 13-year NBA career with Golden State (1988-89, and 1998-99 through 1999-2000), Knicks (1990-91 through 1997-98), Chicago (1999-2000) and Utah (2000-01 through 2001-02)...Went 1,222-3,591 (.340) career from three-point range...Tenth on all-time NBA Playoff list with 176 post-season three-pointers.

In front office position, continues longstanding tradition of community involvement established during his playing days...Perennial figure in Metropolitan area with myriad of youth-oriented efforts...Since 1994, has overseen the nonprofit John Starks Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to high school seniors based in NY tri-state area and hometown of Tulsa, OK...On Sep. 20, 2010, hosted the 15th annual John Starks Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament at the Fairview (CT) Country Club (since 1995, the Classic has raised funds of over $750,000 for the John Starks Foundation)...For more than a decade, oversaw John Starks Youth Basketball Camp in Purchase, NY...In 1997, was male winner of Hank Iba Citizen Athlete Award, in addition to “Good Guy” Award from New York Press Photographers Association...In business arena, is spokesman and partner for revolutionary Zipway athletic pants line, unveiled in April 2007 (www.zipwayUSA.com) and now an official NBA licensee...Motivational speaker who has addressed some of the area’s most prestigious business firms...For news and community updates, visit www.johnstarks.com.

45 years old (Aug. 10, 1965; Tulsa, OK)... Served for two seasons (2002-03 and 2003-04) as head coach of USBL’s Westchester Wildfire...John’s autobiography, John Starks: My Life, was released by Sports Publishing in 2004...John and wife Jacque have three children, John Jr. (23), Chelsea (18) and Tiara (10). The Starks family lives in Stamford, CT.