(L-R) Ryan Saunders, Assistant Coach Minnesota Timberwolves, Darvin Ham, Assistant Coach Atlanta Hawks, Ruth Riley, Two-Time WNBA Champion and NBA Academies Women’s Program Global Technical Director interact with the campers during a life skills seminar on Thursday.
Day 2 of the 10th edition of Basketball without Borders Asia Camp organised by the NBA and FIBA started with life skill sessions for the campers here at the at The NBA Academy India, Delhi NCR. Ryan Saunders, Assistant Coach Minnesota Timberwolves, Darvin Ham, Assistant Coach Atlanta Hawks, Ruth Riley, two-time WNBA Champion and NBA Academies Women’s Program Global Technical Director spoke to the campers on the importance of teamwork and communication.
After the life skills sessions, the campers assembled into their respective teams for practice drills. The boys were drafted into four teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves; while the girls were split into Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx.
Following the drills, the teams scrimmaged in a series of competitive five-on-five games in front of league and team personnel. The day concluded with the NBA players leading a basketball clinic for 64 youth from the NBA Basketball Schools as part of the NBA’s community outreach efforts. The NBA Basketball Schools are based on “the NBA-Way” of developing basketball talent along with the promotion of positive NBA values of integrity, teamwork, respect, and innovation.
Princepal Singh and Amaan Sandhu both train at The NBA Academy India and were making the most of their time at the Basketball Without Borders Asia 2018 camp.
“It’s a great feeling to have the camp here in India. At home, there is always an extra motivation to do your best. But having said that, this camp also is a great opportunity for Indian campers to learn from the best and see where they stand,” said Princepal Singh.
“You don’t get to play alongside the best in Asia everyday, and also train under the best in the world. Basketball Without Borders is a great platform for all campers to showcase their talent and take in as much as possible from the best in the business,” said Amaan Sandhu.
Bret Breilmaier, Brooklyn Nets Assistant Coach said, “The talent level, the kids, how hard they play and the way they play together is impressive. The talent of kids from all the countries is very good. We are lucky to work with these kids and trying help them to improve their skills so hopefully they can take that back to their teams.”
The campers will return , June 1 for Day 3 starting at .