"Doron grew up on the Lower East Side (of New York) and pretty much went to school with my daughter from kindergarten to eighth grade," Rivera said. "Even when he was just a kid, I remember watching him in the after-school program and he was an exceptional athlete. He was some kind of baseball player, too, but you could watch him dribble and play basketball and tell he was exceptional. His dad was a good buddy of mine and it was so much fun to watch him grow up.
"He is like the kid everybody wants to have. He was mellow, but was never a troublemaker in any way. And when he was on the basketball court, he was just special. He's becoming much more mature in how he sees things now. He has learned to focus, but also have fun and be himself. His character is such that everybody loves him. He is like a teddy bear. He's just an ideal kid."
Lamb eventually moved to Queens, but his grandfather, aunt and uncle still live on the Lower East Side, where he lived until he was about 16. And that's where Lamb still remains wildly popular among youngsters because of his basketball success and willingness to come back to his old neighborhood.
"He has changed in a few ways. It's obvious he has grown up and is more focused on what is at hand. He has really developed into someone special. He knows he has an opportunity to do big things in basketball," Rivera said. "But he does a lot of things in the community. When he is home he usually comes to watch a basketball tournament we have for kids. A lot of these kids look really look up to him. They want to go to college and play basketball like he is. Doron is going to have an opportunity to impact a lot of people in our community.
"The kids love to see him. They are all over him when he comes back, but he keeps it simple. He will be with the kids doing about anything. He will throw football with them, shoot around on the court with them. He is the same Doron Lamb when he does come back.