Charles Smith | #54
Charles SMith | #54
STATS & INFO
Weight: 245 lbs
Born: July 16, 1965
Birth place: Bridgeport, CT
Charles Smith, standing tall at 6’10, was a stand out at the University of Pittsburgh basketball team in the late ‘80s. He was named Big East Player of the year and went on the win a bronze medal with the US national team at the 1998 Olympics. He would go on to average 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in the NBA.
Smith was selected 3rd overall in the 1988 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, but was traded immediately to the Los Angeles Clippers where he became a top scorer and rebounder for the team. He was then traded to the New York Knicks where he played four seasons and 241 games. The Knicks appeared in the playoffs all four seasons. Smith would end his 10 season career in the NBA with two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.
Following retirement, Charles Smith turned his attention to becoming an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and motivational speaker. He went on to pursue an MBA at Seton Hall University and furthered his education in the Stanford University executive program for entrepreneurship. He served as the executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association where he focused on bettering the lives of retired players and guiding them in their post-NBA career transition.
He was also the CEO of Professional Basketball Alumni which was founded by former NBA players to create a market for former NBA players to conduct exhibition games around the world using basketball as a bridge for cultural exchange. He is now the Head of Sports & Entertainment at MediaCom.
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