By all accounts Keyon Dooling is a great locker room guy. Who would have guessed he is mentoring Detroit Piston Brandon Knight?
Pistons guard Brandon Knight hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and has spent portions of this summer back home holding clinics and talking with kids from the south Florida area.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Mike Berardino recently penned a column about Knight's latest trip to Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Coral Springs. (One of the lessons of the column was that Florida middle schoolers need to brush up on their Pistons history).
As an aside to the column, Berardino wrote on the newspaper's website about on of Knight's bigger role models in the NBA.
Would you believe it's Celtics guard Keyon Dooling?
The well-traveled point guard, who was born in Fort Lauderdale and serves as vice president of the players assocication, has been a big help for Knight, readying for his second season in Detroit.
"He's given me so much advice; I talk to him all the time," Knight told Berardino. "A lot of the davice he's gives me is off-the-court stuff, not necessarily basketball."
But Dooling's guidance is also basketball related. He's what Knight said Dooling told him about hoops: "For me the biggest thing he's told me basketball-wise is just to take control of the Pistons, lead the team, and don't stand for nonsense."