By Marilyn Stewart

Children, like basketball players, need a “next-point” philosophy, said Monty Williams, father, and head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, at the Feb. 21 All-Star Fatherhood and Family Summit at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Ave., New Orleans.

“I tell them to strive for perfection and try to minimize the turnovers,” Williams said. “But if you make a mistake, look to the next point.”

Held in conjunction with the NBA All-Star weekend and presented by the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, an organization that promotes fatherhood through family-focused curriculum and events that bring fathers and children together, the summit focused on integrating faith and fatherhood.

Joining Williams on the panel were New Orleans native Avery Johnson, ESPN Analyst and 2006 NBA Coach of the Year; Keyon Dooling, former NBA player; Allan Houston, assistant general manager of the New York Knicks and a two-time NBA All-Star; and Wade Houston, Allan Houston’s father and former college basketball coach.

The panel was asked what can be done at the grass roots level to save this generation of youth.

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