Anderson setting up for life after basketball

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Four years after former Virginia star Justin Anderson played his final game in John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville still carries a distinct feeling.

"I just took a second and just smelled the air, it's just different," Anderson said of when he stepped off the plane in Charlottesville, "Took a second at the top of the staircase and looked around and felt like I was at home again."

While most players spend their offseasons outside the gym, Anderson is back at JPJ as a coach for the NBAPA Top 100 Camp among other current and former NBA players.

"It's not very typical, right," Anderson said about his summer, "25 going into year five of the NBA, but my thing was I have to be able to sacrifice about two weeks of my summer rather than going to a beach or something, just invest in myself."

The Atlanta Hawks forward is on week two after spending week one at the NBAPA BroadcasterU in Los Angeles and now coaching up some of the top high school talent in the country.

"When you're working out, you're setting up for your next season, so I try to take this as an opportunity to set up," Anderson said, "All you hear about is life after basketball from guys in the league, your current teammates, your former teammates."

But Anderson's investment goes further than just his future as it helps the future of the players following in his footsteps.

"This is a great opportunity for me to go out and be a servant and put these kids in a position to know that I too went through what you're going through, I sat in that same seat," Anderson said.

Carrying out one of Tony Bennett's Five Pillars of servanthood in the same gym where he was taught and now prepares for his future after his playing days.

"Those things shaped my life, it's not just about basketball, right now while I'm playing," Anderson said, "That's what I'm going to go to, that's what I'm going to try to stand on for the rest of my life, whether it's raising my family or my kids and being a husband."

Anderson is heading into his fifth season in the NBA as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. The forward says he can see himself coaching at any level of basketball down the line.



 
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