Americas Team Camp, Day 4
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On the final day of the Americas Team Camp presented by Nike, campers took the floor for the daily basketball drills. They then participated in the last life skills seminar on the importance of making the right decisions led by camp coaches Bruce Bowen, Ron Harper, Dee Brown and Miles Simon. On the other side of the gym, camp coach Gordon Chiesa ran a coaching seminar for the invited basketball coaches about the development and training of young talent.

The afternoon started with a Nike presentation for both campers and coaches, before the highly anticipated team championship match-up between Argentina and Brazil, which proved to be an exciting event. The teams traded baskets pushing the game into overtime. In the end, Argentina came out on top with a 40-34 win and earned the title of Americas Team Camp Champions.

When the All-Star rosters were announced, Argentina and Brazil had the strongest representation on both teams. Team "Branco", coached by Miles Simon were the 45-23 victors over Team "Azul", coached by Dee Brown and Gordon Chiesa.

After the All-Star game presented by Nike, there was an awards presentation where the following winners were announced:

Most Improved Award: Abraham Levya Reyna (Mexico)

Nike All-Star MVP Award: Ismael Tayavek Gallizzi (Argentina)

Nike Camp MVP Award: Gustavo Scaglia (Brazil)

As a very successful Americas Team Camp came to an end, campers, NBA Legends and coaches left Marina Barra Clube having built many new friendships, lasting memories and a strong foundation for basketball, sportsmanship and education.

Americas Team Camp, Day 3
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The third day of the NBA's Americas Team Camp presented by Nike began with a lot of positive yelling and hollering from camp coaches, plenty of interaction and energy that pushed campers to focus on learning.

"It's been intense, but it is an achievement in my career to participate in this instructional camp. Besides learning a lot more about basketball, it is another chance to integrate myself with athletes from other countries and exchange experiences while building stronger ties with my own teammates," said Brazilian camper Igor Avelino, 16.

From skills clinics to team concept practices focused on building their team offense and defense, campers did it all just before the competition sessions in the late afternoon.

"The boys are talented, and it is important to convey to them that the dream is possible for those who work hard with dedication and responsibility. The important thing is also to know to always evolve and to exchange knowledge with others, either with coaches or players," said camp coach Ron Harper.

The day ended with adrenaline running high as campers and coaches anticipate the line-up for tomorrow's Americas Team Camp's All-Star Game. Who will make the rosters? Find out tomorrow.

Até amanhã!

Americas Team Camp, Day Two
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The second day of NBA's Americas Team Camp presented by Nike was highlighted by community outreach initiatives through NBA Cares, the league's social responsibility platform. After the morning skills clinic, campers participated on a special Life Skills Seminar focusing on character and qualities of a leader, led by NBA Legends Bruce Bowen, Ron Harper and Dee Brown. Campers learned about essential skills to becoming a leader, while keeping true to teamwork and sportsmanship. Team practices continued later in the day, revolving around core basketball skills.

Meanwhile, as part of its to commitment to social responsibility, the NBA teamed up with the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro to refurbish a basketball court in an underprivileged community in Rio de Janeiro benefiting the Espaço Criança Esperança. To inaugurate the new facility, a dedication ceremony and basketball clinic, featuring NBA Legends Bruce Bowen and Ron Harper, were held at the site with the Cantagalo community. Approximately 40 children (ages 8-12) from the Center Criança Esperança got the opportunity to practice their passing, shooting and rebounding skills alongside these NBA Legends.

The NBA Cares event generated significant media coverage with local media in attendance including some of the country's most important outlets such as: TV Globo, ESPN Brazil, Rede TV, Extra, Sport TV, Reuters,, and AP.

The busy day ended on a high note with team scrimmages at Marina Barra Clube.

Americas Team Camp, Day 1
NBA's Americas Team Camp presented by Nike was officially started today at the tip-off press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. NBA Legends, coaches and VIP guests were on hand to welcome the campers and to thank all of those who were integral in the development of this camp, such as Nike, HP, CBB and Spalding. Top local media were also in attendance to cover the program and participate in photo and interview sessions.

Afterwards, the campers were divided up by position and participated in a round of morning skills sessions that covered post-moves, defensive footwork, passing and controlled ball handling. Both the campers and the NBA Legends and coaches were excited to get the basketball action started.

After a lunch break, the campers reported back to the gym to have their first round of team competitions, where the Americas Team Camp coaches had their first look at the camper talent from four countries in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

It looks like there are going to be some competitive match-ups over the next three days.

Até amanhã!

- O evento contará com lendas da NBA: Bruce Bowen, Ron Harper, e Dee Brown -

NOVA YORK, 9 de setembro de 2010 - Lendas da NBA, Bruce Bowen, Ron Harper, e Dee Brown liderarão o primeiro Americas Team Camp da NBA apresentado pela Nike, que se realizará este ano no Rio de Janeiro entre os dias 23 e 26 de setembro, foi anunciado hoje pela National Basketball Association (NBA). [READ RELEASE IN ENGLISH]

Americas Team Camp da NBA apresentado pela Nike unirá os 40 melhores jogadores jovens de basquete (10 de cada país) representando o Brasil, a Argentina, o México, e o Porto Rico para quatro dias de treinos e competições de basquete intensivas lideradas pelas lendas e técnico da NBA. Selecionados pela NBA, Nike, e as federações participantes, os campistas também participarão em seminários diários que se focalizam na importância da educação, liderança, desenvolvimento de caráter, saúde e bem-estar. Nike, o sócio apresentador do acampamento, vestirá a todos os participantes com calçados e roupas esportivas.

"Americas Team Camp da NBA é parte da iniciativa da liga para crescer o esporte na América Latina", disse Philippe Moggio, Vice-presidente da NBA para a América Latina. “Com o apoio dos nossos parceiros, Nike e HP, jovens atletas de basquete da região se beneficiarão do mais alto nível de instrução de basquete pelas lendas e técnico da NBA neste acampamento fenomenal que combina o esporte com a educação”.

Acompanhando as lendas da NBA como técnico do acampamento estarão o Gordon Chiesa, Diretor de Scouting do Memphis Grizzlies, após 15 anos como técnico assistente do Utah Jazz, e Miles Simon, ex-jogador da NBA e técnico assistente universitário (Arizona). Dee Brown, que ganhou a competição de enterradas com uma enterrada "sem ver" em 1991, supervisionará como diretor do acampamento. Para promover ainda mais o esporte na região, dez treinadores de basquete da América Latina, selecionados pela FIBA Américas, serão convidado para observar o acampamento e participar em sessões de treinamento.

“Americas Team Camp da NBA apresentado pela Nike ensina jovens jogadores de basquete a importância do trabalho duro, da dedicação, do trabalho em equipe e do espírito esportivo”, disse Lynn Merritt, Vice-presidente de Marketing Global de Basquete da Nike. “Estas são todas as qualidades vitais dos campistas, quais lhes servirão bem no futuro dentro como fora das quadras, e estamos orgulhosos de trabalhar com a NBA para promover estes valores”.

HP servirá como um parceiro de marketing, e a CBB como um parceiro organizacional para o Americas Team Camp, que acontecerá no Marina Barra Clube, Rio de Janeiro.
23-26 de setembro de 2010

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
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