Moses Malone NBRPA Service Award: John Starks

November 17, 2015

On November 20-22, The Legends Fantasy Weekend will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, pairing the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

During the weekend, the NBRPA will host its annual Legends Philanthropy Awards Gala on Saturday, November 21, featuring a star-studded line-up of remarkable players who made the game faster and more exciting.

At the gala, the NBRPA will honor some of the country’s greatest athletes and other civic leaders for their contributions both on and off the playing court. The NBRPA is proud to announce John Starks as the recipient of its 2015 Moses Malone NBRPA Service Award.

Former guard with the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, and most notably, the New York Knicks, John Starks has been an integral serviceman to the New York area during and long after his playing days were over. Starks established the “3 Point Scholarship Program” to assist New York and Tulsa area high school students in their pursuit of a college degree. His foundation provides community programs focused on furthering the educational, recreational, and career development of children and families.

As a player, Starks captured the hearts of New York fans with his aggressive play and high intensity. As a member of the Knicks, Starks won the 1992 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, made the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1993, and was named an All Star in 1994. He helped lead the Knicks to the NBA Finals in 1994, where they took the Houston Rockets to seven games. Starks was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1997. Forever a Knick, upon his retirement in 2002 Starks now works for the team as an alumnus official and provides analysis on MSG Network for Knicks games.