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Getting to Know…Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson has become a well known name around Saint John. This will be his 6th season playing professional basketball in Saint John and is the all time NBL Canada scorer and former league MVP. Last season he went off for over 50 points in a home game at Harbour Station. Anthony lives in Saint John with his family and volunteers with the Harbour View High School boys basketball team in his spare time. Getting the opportunity to spend time with AA is a pleasure and to talk basketball is truly a treat for any basketball fan. We recently had that opportunity…

Where did you grow up and when did you start playing basketball?
I grew up in Lynn Massachusetts and I lived right next door to a park. Where I’m from basketball is a religion so I was playing as early as I can remember but I started playing organized basketball with referees and everything at six years old.

What is your favorite basketball memory?
There’s so many it’s hard to pick just one but I’ll go with the time at UMass when we beat UConn who were ranked #2 in the country at the time. They had about 6 or 7 guys who were going to the NBA. It was a home game for us and broadcasted on ESPN. We won at the buzzer and the fans stormed the court. The scene was crazy and it’s something I’ll never forget.

The 2004-05 University of Connecticut team featured future NBAers Josh Boone, Charlie Villanueva, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams, and Rudy Gay. The game was named by ESPN as an “Instant Classic” and is still aired on the ESPN Classics Channel today.

What is your favourite Restaurant in Saint John?
My favorite restaurant in Saint John is Eastside Mario’s.

Who was the best player you played with or against?
I’ve played with and against so many good players at the street level, in college, and professionally. I played with and against a bunch of NBA players too but I’m going to go with Will Blalock. One of the best guys I’ve ever been around on and off the court.

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