June 24 , 2014
After a surfeit of pull-ups and post moves, blocks and breakaway layups, the Red team was crowned the champion of the BWB Asia 2014 All-Star Game, after four days in Taipeie. Chinaís Bai Haotian, who carried the Red squad throughout the contest, was named All-Star MVP, while Iranís Mohammad Yousof Vand and Japanís Ryogo Sumino were selected as Co-Camp MVPs.
BWB Europe 2014 wrapped up Saturday at the Stella Azzurra Basketball Academy in Rome. The 50 best young basketball players from across Europe had been put through their paces over the last four days learning from some of the best the game has to offer. From meeting and interacting with players from other countries to visiting the sites of Rome, it was a truly unforgettable experience.
The day was highlighted by the All-Star game that featured the top 20 campers, as selected by the NBA coaches. The White Team was coached by Ron Adams, Brian Hill, Patrick Hunt, Gigi Datome, Brandon Knight, and Vladimir Radmanovic. The Blue Team was coached by Darvin Ham, Andrea Bargnani, Al Horford, Danilo Gallinari, Melvin Hunt, and Hanno Mottola.
The afternoon was spent playing games between the four teams; Hawks (coached by Darvin Ham, Al Horford and Hanno Mottola); Celtics (coached by Ron Adams, Brandon Knight and Vladimir Radmanovic); Nuggets (coached by Melvin Hunt, Danilo Gallinari and Andrea Bargnani) andPistons (coached by Brian Hill, Patrick Hunt and Gigi Datome).
Tomorrow, the players and coaches will visit the Vatican City ahead of the All-Star Game to round of BWB Europe 2014.
The Bucksí Brandon Knight lead the morning Life Skills seminar focusing on Leadership and Communication skills. The campers took part in a series of activities where they had to rely on each and work as a team to achieve certain tasks. One such task involved being blindfolded and having to navigate around a series of cones, based on the instructions from their teammates. Learning to give clear instruction, communicating and trusting their teammates was crucial.
The day began with a welcome press conference which included speeches from Antonio Capelli, President, Stella Azzurra Basketball Academy; Luca Pancalli, the Sports Assessor from Comune di Roma; Gaetano LaGuardia, Vice President Italian Basketball Federation; Simone Pianigiani, Italian National Team Head Coach and Brooks Meek, NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations.
Italy has played an important part in the history of BWB; the very first BWB Europe camp took place in Italy in Treviso back in 2001, with the city hosting further camps in 2003, 2004 and 2005. What makes this yearís event even more significant is that Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks), Gigi Datome (Detoit Pistons) and Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets) were all participants themselves in 2003
The 2014 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature first-time camps in Taipei, Taiwan and Rome, Italy, and will return to Johannesburg, South Africa, it was announced today by the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBAís global basketball development program, has reached 1,700 campers from more than 120 countries, with 28 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.