BWB Europe, Day Three Recap

Day 3 (Aug. 10, 2011) – Day three of Basketball without Borders Europe 2011 tipped off today in lovely Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 50 campers gathered at Tivoli Hall for the morning Life Skills session which focused on work ethic, health issues, and decision-making.

Legend Bruno Sundov and Sixers Assistant Coach Michael Curry discussed the off-the-court challenges that campers should be prepared for, which they illustrated through personal anecdotes. Sundov shared a few words of wisdom, telling the campers, “Keep yourself in a safe environment, stay around people you know, and think about the decisions that you make”. Following the session, the group hit the court to get warmed up for the morning skills stations.

In the afternoon, the legends headed to the University Children’s Hospital where they spent time with patients and their families. The hospital is part of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana and serves as Slovenia’s main institution for the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents. Upon arrival, the legends spread out at tables in the recreation room to play games with the boys and girls. Vlade Divac was immediately challenged by a boy to a game of Connect Four, while Bostjan “Boki” Nachbar made his way around the tables, greeting the children and their families and posing for numerous photos. The group then split up and moved upstairs to visit with patients in their rooms. Armed with NBA caps and toys, the legends made several stops on various floors, distributing the goodies and providing words of encouragement to the youngsters and their families.

Day three concluded with the campers hitting the courts for their third round of games. Both were close, with the Raptors winning their third straight game, beating the Sixers 71-64, and the Rockets took the game against the Bucks with a final score of 65-62.
  • 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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