Bryan Gates part of first-ever Basketball Without Borders camp in Taipei
Even back when he was a college student at Boise State, Bryan Gates was already thinking about a career in basketball coaching. While attending classes at the Idaho institution, Gates helped coach local elementary, high school and AAU teams. It’s been a while since Gates instructed teenage players, but he’ll again get the opportunity to do so June 13-16, when he participates in the NBA’s first-ever Basketball Without Borders camp in Taipei, Taiwan.
A total of 50 top players born in 1996 or 1997, from 20 different Asian and Oceanic countries, will be on hand to receive instruction from Gates, as well as other NBA assistant coaches, including former New Orleans guard Bobby Jackson. The camp will also feature appearances by eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming and current players Nicolas Batum (Portland), John Salmons (Toronto), Ronny Turiaf (Minnesota) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte).
“We’ll do a skills camp and then split the players into teams and play games,” said Gates, who once coached in Lebanon. “I’m really looking forward to the kids, as well as seeing all of the different nationalities. It’s going to be a great experience. People there are going to be excited and feel privileged to get this opportunity.”
Aside from basketball, Gates views the trip as a priceless life experience, unlike anything many hoops coaches get to see.
“We’re going to have a great time and learn a lot,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”