The NBA/WNBA FIT Team 2011-12

The NBA/WNBA FIT team is made up of NBA Family members including players, coaches, officials, trainers and health-related experts who serve as ambassadors and positive role models for kids and parents. As a FIT team member, they will attend grassroots fitness events, promote valuable fitness information and continue to make good healthy life choices.





Carmelo Anthony - New York Knicks
Anthony played college basketball at Syracuse University where he took the Orangemen to their first ever national championship in his freshman year, earning him the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award. He was selected as the No. 3 overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2003 NBA Draft. Anthony was named to the 2004 All-Rookie First Team and is a four-time All-Star. He was traded to the New York Knicks prior to the 2011 trade deadline, taking them to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.




Blake Griffin - Los Angeles Clippers
Griffin played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma where in his second season he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year and honored with the Oscar Robertson Trophy and John Wooden Award. He was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft. Returning from a knee injury suffered in the 2009 Summer League, Griffin picked up where he left off, being named to the 2011 NBA All-Rookie First Team, participating in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and winning the 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has an unbelievable commitment to fitness and was mostly recently featured on the cover of Men's Health magazine.




James Harden - Oklahoma City Thunder
Harden played college basketball at Arizona State and was drafted No. 3 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is currently averaging 17.8 ppg in the 2011-12 season. Harden is a regular participant in the Thunder FIT program, helping to promote exercise and healthy living in the Oklahoma City community.




Jameer Nelson - Orlando Magic
Nelson played college basketball for St. Joseph's University and was drafted No. 20 overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2004 NBA Draft. He was named an NBA All-Star in 2009 and has appeared in 470 career games, all with the Orlando Magic. Nelson is averaging 12.5 ppg., 4.9 apg. and 3.0 rpg. in 28.0 minutes of play. He annually hosts the Jameer Nelson Basketball Showcase for kids in his hometown.




Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls
Rose played college basketball for the Memphis Tigers. He was selected No. 1 by the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft, becoming the first point guard to be chosen No. 1 overall in 12 years since Allen Iverson was picked in 1996. He averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds while hitting 47.5% of his shots in his first year, earning the NBAís Rookie of the Year. Last season, Rose helped lead the Bulls to a 62-20 record, made his second All-Star appearance and was honored with the League's MVP Award.




Kemba Walker - Charlotte Bobcats
Walker led the University of Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA Championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He also earned the Bob Cousy Award as the nationís top point guard and was a top-five finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Awards. In 111 career collegiate games, he averaged 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 32.9 minutes. He also set a school single-season record with 965 points in 2010-11.




Erik Spoelstra - Head Coach, Miami HEAT
Erik Spoelstra enters his fourth season as head coach of the HEAT and his 17th as a member of the organization. In each of his three seasons the HEAT has increased its victory total and earned a postseason berth, including an Eastern Conference Championship in 2010-11 and Miamiís second NBA Finals appearance. Prior to taking over the reigns as the sixth head coach in Miami history, Spoelstra was known around the league for his game preparation and superb attention to detail as the HEATís Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting.




Steve Hess - Strength & Conditioning Coach, Denver Nuggets
In his 14th season with the Nuggets, Hess creates and administers individual workout programs for each player throughout the entire year. He spends the majority of the off-season working with the Nuggets players as well as other professional athletes, overseeing every aspect of their workout programs. He pushes them to reach their peak physical condition. A graduate of Ithaca College (N.Y.), Hess received a masterís degree in physical education with an emphasis on sports medicine and a bachelorís degree in exercise science fitness and cardiac rehabilitation in 1991.




Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever
Tamika is a member of the Indiana Fever. She attended the University of Tennessee where she was an All-American from 1997-2001 and was a part of Tennesseeís undefeated 1997-98 National Champion team. Tamika was drafted No. 3 overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft, was named the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year and has three times been honored with the WNBA Defensive Player of The Year Award. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and a five-time WNBA All-Star. Most recently, the WNBA recognized Tamika with the 2011 MVP Award.




Cappie Pondexter - New York Liberty
Pondexter is a member of the New York Liberty. She attended Rutgers University an was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. Cappie helped lead the Phoenix Mercury to the 2007 WNBA Championship (where she was named the Finals MVP) and 2009 WNBA Championship. She is a four-time WNBA All-Star.




Katie Smith - Seattle Storm
Smith is a member of the Seattle Storm. She attended Ohio State University where she broke the Big Ten scoring record for points scored in a career (in menís or womenís basketball). Smith is a two-time WNBA Champion (2006, 2008) where she was named WNBA Finals MVP in 2008 with the Detroit Shock. She is a seven-time WNBA All-Star and in won an Olympic Gold Medal with the U.S. Womenís National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.




Bruce Bowen - NBA Legend
The 40-year-old NBA Legend and former San Antonio Spurs forward retired in 2009 after 12 seasons and a reputation as one of the League's most menacing defenders. Bowen, who won three NBA Championships, was named eight times to the NBA's All-Defensive Team.




A.C. Green, NBA Legend
A.C. Green, Jr. is an NBA Legend who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. With 1,192 straight games played, he earned the nickname "Iron Man". He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat. Green was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Benson Polytechnic High School. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Green played in 1,278 out of 1,281 games in his career. He currently runs the A.C. Green Youth Foundation.




Dominique Wilkins, NBA Legend
Wilkins is an NBA Legend who is best known for his playing days with the Atlanta Hawks. He attended Georgia University and was named the SEC Menís Basketball Player of the Year as a junior. Wilkins was drafted No. 3 overall in the 1982 NBA Draft. A nine-time All-Star, he went on to become one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. Wilkins is also known as one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning him the nickname ďThe Human Highlight Reel.Ē




Jennifer Azzi - WNBA Legend
Azzi is a WNBA Legend who currently works as a motivational speaker throughout the country. She attended Stanford University where she led the Lady Cardinal to the 1990 NCAA Womenís Division I Basketball Championship. Azzi was drafted No. 5 overall in the 1999 WNBA Draft. She also won a Gold Medal while playing for the U.S. Womenís Basketball Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Azzi was inducted into the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.