Speaker Roster

Harvey Grant

NBA retired vet who is the identical twin brother of Horace Grant. Played for teams like Washington Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Philadelphia Sixers. Harvey has one son that is currently in the league, Jerami Grant, who currently plays for Oklahoma Thunder.

From: Augusta, Georgia He lifted his points average from 8.2 points per game in the 1989-90 season to 18.2 points per game in the 1990-91 NBA season. In 2016, Grant was hired as the Head Coach of the Virginia Storm a part of the American Basketball Association.

Fun Fact: Harvey and his twin brother, Horace, were born on Independence Day.

Larry Johnson

NBA retired vet also known as Grand MA MA. He played for Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. Highly decorated player with being a two time NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year, and NCAA Champion at UNLV. He currently lives in New York City and works with the Knicks.

From: Dallas, Texas Johnson averaged 22.1 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game in just his second year in the NBA. Averaged a double-double in both of his first two seasons in the NBA.

Currently involved in player development for the New York Knicks. Fun Fact: Johnson was the #1 overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft.

Charles Johnson

NFL retired player who played on the Charlotte Panthers for 10 years. Since retirement, he has focused on his foundation which focuses helping children meet their full potential with education and sports. He also has 3 clothing stores in the Charlotte area where he currently still lives.

From: Hawkinsville, Georgia Johnson recorded 11.5 sacks along with 62 combined tackles during the 2010 NFL season.

Currently volunteers to help kids through the sport of football.

Fun Fact: Johnson was a three-sport athlete in high school; he played football, basketball, and track & field.

Roman Harper

NFL retired player who played for New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers with his majority of his career in N.O. He was a part of the Super Bowl Champion team in 2009 for the Saints and is also a two time pro bowl player. He currently lives in Charlotte.

From: Prattville, Alabama In the 2010 season, Harper recorded 98 combined tackles along with 6 forced fumbles for the New Orleans Saints.

Continues to volunteer and give back to children. For instance, this past December, he blessed 50 kids with new bikes. Harper has also joined several podcasts shows as a guest during his retirement, including Morning Break of Charlotte.

Fun Fact: Harper is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Horace Grant

NBA retired vet who is the identical brother to Harvey Grant. Horace played on many teams such as Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He is a highly decorated player with four NBA Championships with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

From: Augusta, Georgia

In the 1993-94 season, Grant averaged 15.1 points per game and 11 rebounds per game for the Chicago Bulls.

Grant was elected as the NBA Goodwill Ambassador in 2010.

Fun Fact: Grant wears a size 18 shoe.

Kenny “The Jet” Smith

NBA retired vet who played on teams such as Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets. He is a two time NBA Champion with the Houston Rockets. He is most known for his role with NBA TNT.

From: Queens, New York Smith averaged 17.3 points per game and 7.7 assists per game in his second year in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings.

Along with his role on NBA on TNT, Smith is also a main studio analyst for NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on CBS and Turner.

Fun Fact: Smith is a producer and actor.

Clark Kellogg

Former NBA player and lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports. He used to be the VP of player relation for the Indiana Pacers.

From: Cleveland, Ohio Kellogg averaged 20.1 points per game and 10.6 rebounds in his rookie year in the 1982-83 NBA season.

Kellogg earned his marketing degree in 1996 and was later appointed to the Board of Trustees.

He works as a college basketball analyst as for several networks including CBS and Westwood One during the Final Four.

Fun Fact: Appeared on the NBA 2K video game series as a commentator since NBA 2K9.

Steve Smith

Retired NFL vet who played for Carolina Panther and the Baltimore Ravens. Known as one of the best small receivers ever to play the game. Played in the NFL for the 16 seasons which is a lot for a football career. Currently is a NFL analyst on ESPN.

From: Los Angeles, California

Smith achieved 14,731 receiving yards in his 16-year tenure in the NFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in five seasons and First-Team All-Pro twice during his career.

Smith founded the Steve Smith Family Foundation which allows Steve and his family to give back to the community. This organization is devoted to helping those in need, however, they focus on promoting family health & wellness along with the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

Fun Fact: Ranks eighth among NFL all-purpose yards leaders with 19,180 yards.

Seth Curry

Current NBA player with the Portland Trailblazers and brother of Stephen Curry. Had great success this year in the NBA playoffs. Currently living in LA.

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

He was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team in 2015 while averaging 24.3 points per game.

Curry averaged 12.8 points per game in the 2016-17 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Fun Fact: Curry is engaged to Callie Rivers, the daughter of LA Clippers Head Coach, Doc Rivers.

Bruce Bowen

NBA retired vet who has played for teams such as Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Sixers, and San Antonio Spurs. He is a three time champion with the Spurs. Currently lives in Texas and does sports commentating for NBA networks.

From: Merced, California

Bowen was elected to NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams in eight seasons out of his twelve-year career.

Bowen also ranks sixth on the Spurs all-time list for 3 point field goals made. Started The Bruce Bowen Foundation that works to support youth and young adults who are less fortunate.

Fun Fact: His jersey #12 was retired in 2012.

Sonya Curry

Sonya Curry is an entrepreneur, educator, author and speaker. Born with an innate affinity for education, Sonya is passionate about every person’s ability to learn and contribute to others on their journey of self discovery, and is committed to building a forward-thinking community. Sonya earned a Bachelors of Science in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech and the Montessori education certification for infants, toddlers, and primary school. She’s completed hours of training in Montessori administration and earned the North Carolina Early Childhood and Administration Credentials. Sonya’s passion for family and faith has influenced every part of her life. She’s a mother to Stephen and Seth Curry and Sydel Curry-Lee and grandmother to six grandchildren. She’s the Founder of Christian Montessori School of Lake Norman and previously served as the Assistant Athletic Director of the Charlotte Christian School’s women’s sports programs. Sonya is deeply involved in her communities, serving on a variety of board of directors like Charlotte Housing Authority and advocating for domestic violence, serving at women’s shelters and fundraising.

Alonzo Mourning

From: Chesapeake, Virginia

In the 1998-99 season, Mourning averaged 20.1 points per game, 11 rebounds per game, and 3.9 blocks per game. He recorded 2,356 blocked shots throughout his career. He was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice during his career along with being a seven-time NBA All-Star.

He founded the Mourning Family Foundation which focuses on helping those who reside in socioeconomically challenged communities. Since 1997, this organization has raised over $25 million to aid in the development of less fortunate children and their families. The foundation also offers after-school programs, health care, and tutoring. Mourning also delivers turkey dinners to hundreds of families on Thanksgiving.

Fun Fact: He was drafted second overall in the 1992 NBA Draft.

Muggsy Bogues

NBA retired vet who played for teams such as Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors. He serves as an ambassador for the Charlotte Hornets as well as the NBA. He currently lives in Charlotte.

From: Baltimore, Maryland

In the 1993-94 season, Bogues averaged 10.8 points per game, 10.1 assists per game, and 1.7 steals per game.

During his tenure at Wake Forest, he set an ACC record with 579 assists. Following his NBA career he began to get involved in the real estate business. He also continues to host youth basketball camps in efforts to give back to the leaders of tomorrow.

Fun Fact: He appeared in the movie Space Jam.

Anthony Marrow

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Morrow averaged 13 points per game in his second year in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets.

Morrow founded the nonprofit organization, Anthony Morrow Charities. This Charlotte-based organization is devoted to helping less-fortunate children and families by providing community projects, mentorship, and various basketball opportunities.

Fun Fact: He also founded his own clothing brand named Own Sense of Style.

James Johnson

From: Jacksonville, Florida

Appeared in 547 NBA regular season games

Avg. 1,163 minutes in overall court play in 2018

Fun Fact: He said if he wasn’t in the NBA he would want to be a UFC fighter.

Walt Aikens

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Aikens recorded 14 solo tackles and one interception for a 43-yard return in his rookie year.

Fun Fact: He played basketball and football at Liberty University.

Baron Davis

From: South Central California

Baron is an American former professional basketball player who is a studio analyst for The NBA on TNT.

He is a two-time NBA All - Star. He was drafted with the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.

He also played in the NBA for the New Orleans, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks .

Fun Fact: Davis chose to wear no. 85 to honor his grandparents who raised him in Los Angeles and whose house was on 85th Street.

Usama Young

NFL retired player who played his career with New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders. He was apart of the 2009 Super Bowl Champion team with the Saints.

From: Washington, DC

In the 2012 season, Young recorded 53 combined tackles along with 3 interceptions for the Cleveland Browns.

Young started a non-profit organization called Believe in U Youth Foundation. This organization makes efforts to empower the youth through mentoring, leadership development, and preparing them for college. Young currently works with NFL Player Engagement.

Fun Fact: Young attended The Wharton School’s Athlete Development Professional Certification Program.

Charles Oakley

Former NBA player. Oakley was a member of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets.

From: Cleveland, OH.

Over NBA career: average points per game- 9.7 Average assists per game- 2.5 Average steals per game-1.1

Oakley was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame in 2005 after his career at Virginia Union University.

Fun Fact: 19 NBA Seasons

Ron Harper

Former NBA player. Played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

From: Dayton, OH.

Over NBA career: average points per game- 13.8 Average assists per game- 3.9 Average steals per game-1.7

NBA All-Rookie Team 1987

Five-time NBA champion.

He was inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

Fun Fact: Harper struggles with a stutter, and is a supporter of The Stuttering Foundation, to which he has previously donated his time.

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