EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview is scheduled to air on Friday, June 15th at 7am Eastern.
Father's Day is this Sunday, and Allan Houston is working hard to promote the importance of a father's relationship with his kids.
The former New York Knicks superstar, one of the all-time leading scorers in Knicks history, is also a father to seven children. He was also named "Father of the Year" in 2007 by the National Fatherhood Initiative. It's so important to him that his non-profit, the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, works to promote the importance of fatherhood.
In this preview clip of his interview with Soledad O'Brien, Houston explains how his father was his inspiration for starting his foundation.
"I was watching him," Houston says. "I was watching how he dealt with my mother, I was watching how he dealt with scrutiny, I was watching his work ethic. By the time I got to the NBA, not only did I listen to those words but I actually saw his example. Halfway through my career, we said this is something we have to share."
Houston adds, "We would hear often about our relationship, and how in an African-American community, having a strong male figure is rare. I didn't want to buy into that. I wanted other people to understand this shouldn't be an anomaly. This should be the standard."
Watch the full interview this Friday, June 15th at 7amET on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."