After starring at Missouri and contributing to multiple NBA teams during a long and successful professional career, former Tigers standout Keyon Dooling is taking on a new challenge within the NBA, and it’s an important one.
According to multiple league sources, the National Basketball Players Association is launching a mental health and wellness program, and Dooling is set to lead it as the director.
The National Basketball Players Association has launched a mental health and wellness program for all players, with former NBA veteran Keyon Dooling serving as director.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 25, 2018
The NBA players union has launched a new Mental Health & Wellness program to assist players with their mental health challenges. Amazing first step. Second step is for players to interact with fans more freely about this topic. Interaction alone can save lives.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 25, 2018
“I am thrilled to be a part of this new program within the NBPA,” Dooling said in a release from the organization. “I look forward to serving the needs of our players and to continue normalizing the conversation around mental health in the NBA.”
The launch of the NBA initiative comes on the heels of numerous players in the league opening up this season about their prior struggles, including DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors and Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as Royce White, who has not played in the NBA despite being drafted 16th overall in 2012.
Dooling played at Missouri from 1998-2000, while the Tigers were still in the Big 12. In 59 games over two seasons, he averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals.