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If you followed professional basketball during any of Chris Dudley’s 16 seasons in the NBA, you’ll remember him as one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the league.  What you may not know, however, is that even at 6’11”, the fact that Chris played at all is pretty remarkable...Chris was the first Type 1 diabetic to play professional basketball. Now Chris is sending his message of perseverance and passion directly to kids in the new children’s book, Chris Dreams BIG, co-authored with his wife, Chris Love-Dudley.


Chris loved being a kid! He also loved dreaming of his plan to one day play professional basketball. Life was pretty good! But one morning Chris woke up and found that he was facing the biggest challenge of his life. Chris had to decide if he was going to let his newfound condition end his dream or find the courage to keep playing the game he loves!  Chris Dreams BIG  is a triumphant story of a boy who overcomes adversity. Chris learns a valuable lesson when he discovers that he is not the only person facing challenges. His life is forever changed when he realizes that challenges do not always have to keep you from doing the things you love


Chris Dudley’s NBA career included stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers as well as the New York Knicks.  Following his retirement from pro sports, Chris founded the Chris Dudley Foundation, dedicated to educating and empowering kids with diabetes to live active and successful lives. In recognition of his significant contributions both to the league and through his foundation, Chris received the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1996 and  the USA Today Most Caring Athlete Award in 1997.  Chris is a graduate of Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1987.  He lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wife, Chris, and their three children. Further information about the foundation and its activities may be found at



Chris Dreams BIG


By Chris Dudley and Chris Love-Dudley

Illustrated by Karl Edwards

Published by CCD Productions, Inc.

$14.95 Hardcover

ISBN 978-0-9823224-0-6

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