BWB Europe, Day Four Recap

Day 4 (Aug. 11, 2011) – Basketball without Borders Europe 2011 came to a close on Thursday in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Campers gathered on the court at Tivoli Hall this morning to play their last 3-on-3 games and prepare for the afternoon’s All-Star Game presented by Nike. A group of girls from the US Embassy then arrived for a basketball clinic led by the NBA coaches and coaches from the Basketball Federation of Slovenia. The clinic featured scrimmages and skills stations that focused on basketball fundamentals including dribbling, passing and shooting, followed by a special meet and greet and autograph session with NBA legends Rasho Nesterovic, Bostjan Nachbar, Bruno Sundov, Predrag Drobnjak, and Zarko Paspalj.

The afternoon featured the highly anticipated 2011 BWB Europe All-Star Game presented by Nike and the 3-Point Shootout Championship. The action-packed All-Star game gave campers an opportunity to showcase their on-the-court skills in front of the general public, along with the NBA legends and coaches that they’d worked with throughout the week.

The game included many impressive plays by both teams, but the Red Team ultimately beat the White Team with a final score of 72 to 61. During the post-game ceremony, Red Team guard Joshua Ward from England was presented with the Nike All-Star Game MVP and White Team guard Boris Dallo from France was named the Nike All-Star Camp MVP. Both MVPs received a plaque and a pair of Nike sunglasses.

The 50 campers later said their goodbyes and expressed their thanks to the coaches and legends before heading out to pack for home.
  • 50
    ...of the best players in Europe in attendance
  • 25
    ...countries represented
  • 11
    ...NBA Legends coaching the four teams
  • Dalibor Bagaric
    Selected 24th overall in the 2000 Draft after a stellar run in Croatia, the 7-foot-1 Bagaric played for the Bulls until 2003, when he returned to Europe.
  • Zarko Carbarkapa
    Drafted 17th overall by Phoenix in 2003, Carbarkapa also spent time with the Warriors during his three-year NBA career. Before coming to the NBA, he won a 2002 World Championship title with the former Yugoslavia.
  • Vlade Divac
    Part of the first wave of Europeans to flood into the NBA, the Serbian-born Divac became one of only six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots.
  • Predrag 'Peja' Drobnjak
    The two-time World Champion and European gold medalist with the former Yugoslavian team played four years in the NBA, after going in the second round to the Wizards in the 1997 Draft.
  • Bostjan 'Boki' Nachbar
    The swingman played six years in the NBA after being selected 15th overall by the Rockets in 2002. Currently in Turkey, he won the Italian Championship in 2002.
  • Radoslav 'Rasho' Nesterovic
    The Slovenian-born 7-footer came to the NBA in 1999, when he went 17th overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005, and returned to Europe for the 2010-11 season following a stint with the Raptors.
  • Zarko Paspalj
    Although his NBA career was short, the World Champ and three-time European gold-medalist became one of the first Europeans to ever play in The Association when he joined the Spurs in 1989.
  • Dino Radja
    Radja won back-to-back European titles with his club team in 1989 and 1990, two European gold medals with former Yugoslavia and played his way onto the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1993.
  • Bruno Sundov
    Born in Croatia, Sundov played for five teams during his NBA career, in addition to nine more European teams after finishing his NBA tenure with the New York Knicks in 2005.
  • Dragan Tarlac
    Selected in the 1995 Draft by the Chicago Bulls, the one-time Euroleague champion and FIBA gold-medalist played a year in the NBA after a brilliant career with Olympiacos in Greece.
  • Milos Vujanic
    Drafted by the Knicks in the 2002 NBA Draft, the sharp-shooting Vujanic led the Euroleague in scoring in 2003 and took home a gold medal for former Yugoslavia in the 2002 World Championships.
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