Kenny Anderson really loves people.
More than anything, this is the main thing that comes across in Mr. Chibbs, the new documentary about the former No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. It’s full of scenes with Anderson pouring his heart out, giving advice, and offering guidance to anyone he talks to.
Honestly, if you didn’t know any better, it could come off as a bit much. There’s no way on earth that someone can be as eager as Anderson to help everyone they encounter, right?
According to Jill Campbell, the director of this project, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Anderson is 100 percent genuine, which through the eyes of someone making a documentary about him, made him “an amazing collaborator on this journey.”
“If you meet Kenny, you love Kenny,” Campbell said over the phone. “He’s just a special person.”
Mr. Chibbs is Anderson’s life story. It’s the “story of an American Dream in reverse,” according to the film’s official website. The story of Anderson’s life includes the following chapters:
Paying it forward
Mr. Chibbs is a look at how those first four things from Anderson’s past impact those last two things, which make up his present and future. When talking about the film with Anderson, this is something he really stressed.
“I wanted to tell my story,” Anderson said over the phone. “I see the mental health issues that’s going around in the world, the molestation going around in the world, depression and all that. I dealt with all that. I said ‘Who would be a better person to get this stuff out there?’ I fought with my demons. Lost X amount of money, did that. But [I] never lost sight in who I am.”
The film essentially follows two versions of Anderson. One is the dude who is among the greatest basketball players in the history of New York City.
There are clips of Anderson from his high school and college days when he lit the hoops world on fire at Archbishop Molloy High School and Georgia Tech. There are people talking about him as a legend on the hardwood – one longtime New York City basketball scout with more than 55 years of experience called Anderson the best guard in high school that he’s ever seen.