T.J. Campbell Taking Part in NBA China Jam Live
Throughout a basketball player’s career, the opportunity to travel often presents itself. Middle school and high school teams go to various other schools in your area you may not have been before. If you are lucky enough to play in college, maybe you’ll get to go all over your state or throughout your region. Even more skilled and fortunate players that make the pros in the D-League or NBA will get to go all over the country.
T.J. Campbell couldn’t have imagined way back when that the game of basketball would take him to a whole other continent.
“This is a pretty amazing opportunity for me and I feel very lucky that I was chosen,” said Campbell. “I’m really excited about how many new people I’m going to meet and to explore this whole other part of the world.”
Campbell is in Guangzhou this week for the first-ever NBA China Jam Live, a six-day showcase of what the league has to offer for Chinese basketball fans. The festivities include mingling with Chinese fans and media as well as traveling to local schools and businesses to promote the game, all while soaking in some of the culture of the local community and country. The event culminates with an exhibition game with an assortment of NBA talent, stars of the Chinese Basketball Association and Chinese celebrities.
He is one of three D-League players to make the trek, along with Iowa’s Moses Ehambe and Springfield’s L.D. Williams. Also on the trip are NBA stars Brandon Jennings and DeMar DeRozan and NBA greats Gary Payton and Horace Grant. The group will compete in a three-point contest and skills competition before the exhibition game on an action-packed Saturday night May 19th.
Even though he never dreamed that basketball could take him this far, T.J. understands how special of an opportunity this is.
“It’s crazy to think that even as far away as China is from where we are, how closely the people follow the NBA and how well they know the game of basketball,” Campbell said. “Even though we don’t speak the same language, basketball is universal and I’m so excited to be able to experience a completely different side of the game.”
Stay tuned for some photos of T.J.’s adventure in China and a diary straight from the point guard himself of his experiences right here at CantonCharge.com!