Former NBA Player & Author Keyon Dooling’s New Book

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Keyon L. Dooling is a motivational speaker, life coach and author who recently retired from the National Basketball Association after almost thirteen years as a professional athlete. During his time in the NBA he served for eight years as an officer with the National Basketball Players Association. Keyon played two seasons at the University of Missouri before becoming an early entry candidate for the 2000 NBA Draft. He was selected by Orlando in the first round - 10th overall pick. Keyon was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and played for the Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzles and eventually the Boston Celtics. In the summer of 2012, he faced a life altering incidence where he had to choose life over a career. Remarkably, a NBA great who has always appeared to have it together experienced a serious mental breakdown, landing him in a Boston area mental hospital. Over-medicated, paranoid and hallucinating all of which was brought on by the trauma he endured as a child – sexually assaulted by a family friend. Keyon suffered from PTSD as a result of his inability to deal with this terrible secret that he was able to conceal from family, his wife and friends. He never talked about what happened to him until he was thirty-two years old and embracing mental health therapy and counseling. The mental breakdown impacted his life in many ways, but out of this tragedy came healing and restoration, which began to unleash his creativity in the form of a book. He authored an autobiography entitled “What’s Driving You? How I Overcame Abuse and Learned to Lead in the NBA. The book is a formidable tale of life deferred, interrupted but ultimately triumphant. He also wrote, stars and produces the “I AM RESPECT TOUR”, which is a monologue accompanied by visual illustrations along with music written specifically for the performance. The tour, like Keyon’s life is enlightening taking the audience on a personal journey of the sexual assault he faced as a child, the PTSD that he endured and how he’s overcoming the sting of abuse.

What's Driving You? is available HERE or


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