Former Boiler Landry enjoys giving back

Jul 05, 2012 | by Jeff Washburn, jconline.com

Carl Landry’s NBA career has taken him from Houston to Sacramento and then on to New Orleans. But the former Purdue standout always looks forward to an annual return trip to West Lafayette for his basketball camp for boys and girls.

The camp is set for July 19-21 at West Lafayette High School. To register, visit carllandry.com.

For the 6-foot-9 Landry, who scored 1,175 points and pulled down 453 rebounds in 64 games as a Boilermaker, the camp is a labor of love.

“Going to school at Purdue for three years, it’s neat for me to come back and do this camp,” Landry said Thursday afternoon. “It’s cool that young kids — 7 to 17 — can come out and enjoy the Purdue basketball atmosphere. It’s something I enjoy, as well as my former teammates.

“It’s great for me to see a kid who is unable to make a right-handed layup or who can’t dribble with his left hand come back and make a gradual improvement over the three days of the camp. To be able to see them do those things puts a smile on my face. It makes me feel good about what we are putting on.”

Former Boilermakers Kennth Lowe, David Teague, Brandon McKnight and Chris Kramer will help Landry during his camp, and it’s possible that Robbie Hummel, E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson will attend as well, although the latter three might be playing in the Las Vegas Summer Pro League that week.

“It’s fun for us to kind of get everyone reunited again,” McKnight said. “Carl is a good friend, and I want to be sure I help him out with his camp as much as I can.”

After five years in the NBA, Landry is an unrestricted free agent. He was paid $8.75 million by New Orleans last season, averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. His career scoring average is 12.1.

“There’s nothing really serious going on as of now,” Landry said of his playing status. “Anything could happen. There’s nothing going on to where I am ready to make a jump, but I think I have become a real valuable player in the league.

“I definitely would go back to New Orleans, but my No. 1 concern is stability. I want to sign a long-term contract and play for a team that will win. I don’t want to be out there playing every night where I know there’s not a chance to win or make the playoffs. To be with a team that is playing for a lottery pick is not something I’m looking for.”

Landry likes new Hornets’ owner Tom Benson and is intrigued by New Orleans’ No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis, the center from NCAA champion Kentucky.

“I could see myself playing with Anthony Davis,” Landry said. “He is a team player. I’ve heard him say in interviews that he will do whatever it takes to win. even if that is just playing defense and not scoring. That’s kind of how I label myself as well. It takes all five to win a game.”

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