Erie BayHawks general manager Allan Houston looks like he can still play the game.
At the NBA’s All-Star Saturday last week in Orlando, Houston, who will turn 41 April 20, shot like it in helping the Team New York win the Shooting Stars competition.
Houston hit both half-court shots to seal wins for Team New York as if he had been practicing that shot.
He had been.
“Oh yeah,” said Houston, who was in Erie for Tuesday’s 99-86 win for the BayHawks against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at Tullio Arena. “You don’t go into a competition like that without practicing.”
An assistant general manager with the New York Knicks, Houston was happy to have his 10-year old son, Allan Wade III, share the experience with him. The Knicks are Erie’s NBA hybrid affiliate.
“I remember getting the call and the first thing I thought about was my son will be able to be there,” Houston said. “We watch games together and we talk basketball and he’s only 10. He already knows a lot about the game and so the first thing I thought about is he’ll be able to hang out with all those guys and be back there and be a part of it. I can imagine if my dad had been participating like that? I would have been so excited.
“So for me, being with him, sitting there watching the dunk contest together and little trash talk between all of us right there. To me, that’s what it was all about.”