POSTED: Oct 11, 2013 5:28 PM ET
RIO DE JANERO (AP) — The Washington Wizards visited a shantytown that was once one of the most violent slums in Rio de Janeiro.
The team is in Brazil for an exhibition game Saturday with the Chicago Bulls. The game is the NBA's first in the country and a crowd of nearly 15,000 is expected.
The Wizards were led on their visit Friday by Nene, a 6-foot-11 Brazilian. They went to the Complexo do Alemao, a shantytown on the city's north side that police took over a few years ago.
The players met with dozens of children at a sports complex and held a clinic. Former Chicago Bulls center Horace Grant also took part.