Growing up With John Havlicek, and NBA legend
As John Havlicek’s son, basketball was in Chris’ blood. From the time he was born, his father was already an NBA superstar, having played for the Boston Celtics for many years. He was brought up around the game, and attended some of the most nail-biting games in NBA history as a child. His dad made NBA records, which led him to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
All of this recognition made quite an impression on young Chris, so when he began his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, he naturally made it to the school’s basketball team. At 6-foot-5-inches, he began as the Cavalier’s starter, and made it to team captain his senior year. He played all four years of college. He later went on to play the game professionally overseas in Italy and then joined the 1996 Olympic US Handball team.
Chris Havlicek as an NBA Reporter
After a college and professional career in basketball, Chris Havlicek wanted to utilize some of the talents he developed in his undergraduate studies. With a background in marketing and finance, he started his professional career as a sideline reporter for the NBA. This was a smooth and natural transition for Havlicek, who had grown up watching his father play the same courts. Chris developed his skills, and would soon have a much bigger role within the NBA.
Chris Havlicek was NBA City’s VP of Marketing
Chris Havlicek put his educational background to use as the Vice President of Marketing for NBA City, the NBA’s branded restaurant, whose primary location is in Universal Orlando’s City Walk. This position came with great responsibility. The Orlando location opened in 1999 and soon became an attraction for tourists and NBA fans alike. Chris developed and managed the restaurant’s marketing campaigns, and he reported directly to the NBA Commissioner for all the association’s dining and entertainment establishments.
After years with the NBA, Chris took his talents to the financial sector, where he continues to work today. While he’s left his career at the NBA, tt allowed him to developed a strong and diverse skill set and played a major role in shaping his professional career.
Chris is still a Fan of the NBA
Even though Chris has left his career with the NBA, he is still a big fan of the league and its teams. He currently lives in South Florida, and is excited to watch Miami Heat games, but he still is true to his father’s team, the Boston Celtics. After watching John Havlicek play on the court with other NBA legends like Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Sam Jones, Chris has nothing but respect and admiration for the team.
Chris and his father, John, also care very much about their community. The father and son duo host the annual John Havlicek Celebrity Fishing Tournament to benefit the Genesis Foundation. Sports and entertainment stars support this event to help children born with genetic disorders. Learn more about other organizations Chris supports here.