Former Knick reads for kids

Dream come true: Summer campers at PS 112 read “Allie’s Basketball Dream” along with former Knicks guard John Starks.
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Former Knicks shooting guard John Starks read to kids and signed autographs in a Bensonhurst summer camp on Aug. 6, and campers were more pumped than a pair of ‘90-era Reeboks, an organizer said.

“The kids were so excited — they had jerseys or brought basketballs,” said Linda Panza director of Nia Community Service Network’s summer program.

Starks and state Sen. Marty Golden read the children’s book “Allie’s Basketball Dream” to 130 kids at PS 112 as part of cable-provider Optimum’s Knicks Summer Reading Program. After reading, the record-holder signed balls and jerseys for fans.

The appearance was scheduled to last one hour, but the three-pointer machine posted up and stuck around for about 30 minutes of overtime, Panza said.

“He signed autographs all the way to the car and after he got in,” she said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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