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PARIS – JUNE 19, 2003 – Basketball without Borders,
a three-day instructional basketball camp, taking place June 28-July 1 in Treviso,
Italy will bring together 15-17 year olds from 26 countries across Europe, it
was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Fédération
Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

More than 50 young players from Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia
and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey will take part
in the summer camp, designed to promote friendship, goodwill and education through

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (France), Memphis Grizzlies forward
Pau Gasol (Spain), Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko (Russia), Los Angeles
Clippers forward Marko Jaric (Serbia and Montenegro), Houston Rockets forward
Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia) and Denver Nuggets forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Georgia)
will serve as coaches for the three-day camp.

This year, for the first time, Basketball without Borders will partner with
UNICEF, United Nation’s Childrens Fund, to support education and HIV/AIDS
prevention programs. The camp is sponsored by Algida, American Airlines, Champion,
Gatorade, NIKE, Spalding and United Colors of Benetton and co-organized by the

The Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) selected the
young players based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication
to the sport of basketball.

“We are very proud to partner again with the NBA for the third edition
of Basketball without Borders after two very successful camps in Turkey and
Italy,” said FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. “The previous
camps have proven to be an excellent occasion of young players to get together
with their idols. No matter which country they came from basketball is a universal

The pan-European campers will be divided into four teams (Grizzlies, Spurs,
Jazz and Clippers) without regard to their nationality. The young players and
staff will be outfitted by Champion USA, the exclusive on-court apparel partner
of the NBA in Europe, with footwear provided by NIKE. Each of the NBA players
serving as coaches will be assigned to one of the camp teams and will work with
the campers individually. Camp Director Marin Sedlacek, a FIBA instructor who
has conducted camps all over the world, will return for the third consecutive
year as the camp’s Director.

In addition to basketball instruction and competition, the young players will
share living quarters with their new teammates, eat three meals a day together
and participate in a seminar, led by UNICEF intended to promote leadership,
support education and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

The basketball camp will return to La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy, the camp’s
host in 2001. Owned and operated by co-sponsor United Colors of Benetton, which
owns the Treviso basketball team of the Italian league, La Ghirada is the team’s
state-of-the-art basketball facility, one hour north of Venice.

Basketball without Borders also marks a significant return for Jaric, Nachbar
and Tskitishvili, all of whom played with professional teams in Italy before
joining the NBA last season. Jaric played for Kinder Bologna and Nachbar and
Tskitishvili were teammates with Benetton Treviso. The other three NBA players
also first started their professional basketball careers in Europe. Gasol played
for F.C Barcelona in Spain, Parker spent two years with Paris Basket Racing
in France and Kirilenko played with CSKA Moscow in Russia.

The inaugural Basketball without Borders took place in July 2001, with Vlade
Divac of the Sacramento Kings, Toni Kukoc of the Milwaukee Bucks and five other
NBA players from the former Yugoslavia uniting to work with 50 children from
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYRO Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia Montenegro.
Last year’s Basketball without Borders brought together 50 young Greek
and Turkish players in Istanbul, Turkey and was led by the Sacramento Kings’
Hedo Turkoglu and Peja Stojakovic.

The participants will be grouped into four teams: Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles
Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz. The following is a complete list
of the coaches and players participating in Basketball without Borders:

Team Coaches:
Memphis Grizzlies: Pau Gasol
Los Angeles Clippers: Marko Jaric
San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker
Utah Jazz: Andrei Kirilenko

Rindin Aleksander Azerbaijan Sokk Tanel Estonia
Linskens Mikhail Belgium Petro Johan France
Van Rossom Sam Belgium Markoishvili Manuchar Georgia
Delibasic Danko Bosnia & Herzegovina Mamatsashvili Giorgi Georgia
Kolovrat Milan Croatia Kleemichen Fredrick Germany
Kovacevic Hrvoje Croatia McGray David Germany
Pusic Vedran Croatia Giannakis Dimitris Greece
Ruduz Damjan Croatia Vouzlitis Ilias Greece
Jan Tyr Czech Republic Tóth Norbert Hungary
Marek David Czech Republic Caspi Omri Israel
Jones Callum England Shifer Yehonatan Israel
Metcalfe Alan England Bargnani Andrea Italy
Aka Johnathan Estonia DaTome Luigi Italy
Gallinari Danilo Italy Tripkovic Uroš Serbia & Montenegro
Eglitis Raimonds Latvia Cvek Klemen Slovenia
Andriuskevicius Martynas Lithuania Dresnar Blaz Slovenia
Gecevicius Martynas Lithuania Hohler Dejan Slovenia
Hooijdonk Fabio Netherlands Fernandez Farres Rudy Spain
Krabbendam Robert Netherlands Gasol Marc Spain
Kesicki Tomasz Poland Moncasi Albert Spain
Magdziarz Daniel Poland Rodriguez Gomez Sergio Spain
Likhodey Valery Russia Jeansson Johan Sweden
Ponkrashov Anton Russia Paredes Xavier Switzerland
Dusan Sakota Serbia & Montenegro Cetn Serhat Turkey
Simonovic Marko Serbia & Montenegro Demirel Hakan Turkey