TREVISO, Italy, June 29 --
Players from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Yugoslavia were divided into four NBA teams (Bulls, Kings, Pacers and Timberwolves) as Basketball Without Borders tipped off Friday. Each of the four teams are comprised of a mix of nationalities and are coached by NBA and European players.
On the first day of competition, the Kings team, coached by Indiana Pacers center Bruno Sundov and Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac, posted a 74-40 victory over the Bulls, coached by the Atlanta Hawks' Toni Kukoc and Chicago's Dragan Tarlac.
The Kings and Bulls play while coaches Toni Kukoc and Dragan Tarlac look on.
The Timberwolves, coached by Minnesota's Rasho Nesterovic
and the Denver Nuggets' Alex Radojevic
, won 52-50 over the Pacers, coached by Zan Tabak
of the Indiana Pacers. European player Vrbica Stefanov and Nenad Markovic also helped coach the teams.
The winners of Saturday's games will face each other at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Palaverde, the home court of Benetton Treviso. The other teams will play each other at 4:30 p.m.
For many of the young players, it was their first encounters with the NBA players and they were overwhelmed with excitement and enthusiasm. Each of the NBA players also expressed their appreciation for this opportunity to bring together young people from their native lands.