Homeless: Ex-NBA Player & Vet's Comeback


Coniel Norman, who is a former NBA player and a military veteran, was homeless right before he moved into Piquette Square, a new, $23-million 150-unit apartment project in Detroit built to house and care for homeless veterans.

Norman was a star on the University of Arizona basketball team in 1972 and was later drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia '76ers, where he played two seasons before heading to the Continental Basketball Association and then the San Diego Clippers. After being released by the Clippers in 1979, he enlisted in the military.

"My brother served in the Army and was in Vietnam," Norman says. "I was looking for a career after basketball and I wanted to see what military life was like."

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