BWB Europe, Day Two Recap



Day 2 (Aug. 9, 2011) -- Basketball without Borders Europe 2011 continued today in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 50 campers gathered at Tivoli Hall for the morning Life Skills session which focused on fair play, tolerance, and the values that sport can demonstrate. With guidance from SPOLINT Institute for Sport Development, NBA Legends and former Bulls teammates Dragan Tarlac and Dalibor Bagaric introduced the session and discussed how the lessons learned through the game of basketball extend far beyond the court. In Tarlac’s words, "Sports make you a better person, sports make you stronger."

Campers then broke into groups for a series of workshops focusing on character development. Following the session, the legends and coaches joined campers on the court for their morning skills stations before breaking for lunch.

The afternoon featured a full schedule of events, highlighted by the NBA Cares ‘Make a Difference Day’ in partnership with Slovene Philanthropy’s International Youth Volunteers School at the Osnova sola Livada primary school. The International Youth Volunteers School teaches students from Slovenia and the Western Balkan countries about the importance of community outreach and leadership. The hands-on service project was a huge success, with all of the legends and coaches working alongside the students and community members to revitalize the school. Participants put up new basketball nets with a helping hand from Bruno Sundov, painted fresh lines on the court, landscaped, painted murals, and gave the playground area a facelift.

Vlade Divac and other legends and coaches also spent some time with the younger students making arts and crafts, while Dragan Tarlac showed his artistic side painting murals. After planting a symbolic linden tree, a Slovenian tradition marking important events, the legends gathered to make autographed paint handprints on a wall inside the school. They then joined the closing ceremony featuring words of thanks to the volunteers from the school, Slovene Philanthropy and Slovenia native Rasho Nesterovic.

Later that day, the campers joined their newly assigned teams for their first official practice on the court at Tivoli Hall, followed by the camp’s inaugural games. It was an exciting first round, with the Bucks beating the Sixers 59-58 and the Raptors winning against the Rockets 65-60. In the second round the Sixers made a comeback, beating the Rockets 72-54, and the Raptors proved victorious, gaining a second win in their game against the Bucks with a final score of 64-54.
  • 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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