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June 13th, 2012
03:41 PM ET

PREVIEW: NY Knicks asst. general manager Allan Houston talks with Soledad about the importance of fatherhood

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."

Filed under: Fatherhood • NBA
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  1. Tony

    why can't i be father of the year also i have 3 kids one of them graduated college the other is accepted to college and the last one has been promoted to 1st grade. my question is only celebrities gets recognise as father of the year then if it is so then this is a none issue there are lots of dads who are not celebrities that can be considered fathers of the decade.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Constance Johnson

    Beautiful. I shared this link on my CityPolitical Facebook page and personal page. I apologize that it is in front of the Zimmerman story, but maybe the timing is divine. Thank you for giving us such clear answers to our fathers.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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