2006 NBA Pre-Draft Camp to be Held June 6-10 in Orlando
Posted Mar 6 2006 1:37PM
ESPNU to Televise Coverage of Camp for Top NBA Draft Prospects
NEW YORK AND LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 6, 2006 – The 2006 NBA Pre-Draft Camp will be held for the first time in suburban Orlando, Fla. at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex from June 6-10. The NBA Pre-Draft Camp invites top NBA Draft prospects annually to work out and be evaluated by league coaches, general managers, scouts and front office executives.
Pre-Draft Camp drills, games, and strength and conditioning will be conducted at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, one of the premier sports destinations for athletes and spectators that plays host to 170 sporting events each year, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp and Atlanta Braves spring training. The 220-acre complex includes a field house with room for six full-size basketball courts, a 3,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art weight training facility, locker rooms, athletic training facilities, classrooms, office space and a media workroom.
Florida Hospital Celebration Health, a cutting-edge health and wellness center and full-service hospital employing the latest technological advancements in the healthcare industry, will provide the medical capabilities for the camp including performing the physicals for each draft prospect. Disney’s Boardwalk Hotel will serve as the hotel for all pre-Draft camp attendees
"We are excited about hosting the 2006 NBA Pre-Draft Camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex which already has a rich NBA history that includes the Orlando Magic's training camp (1997 & 2003) and the inaugural WNBA Pre-Draft Camp (1997),'' said Reggie Williams, Vice President of Disney Sports Attractions. "This new association with the NBA further underscores the reputation and appeal of Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex among leading sports leagues as the premier sports venue in the United States.''
ESPNU, ESPN’s 24-hour college sports network, will provide the most live coverage ever of an NBA Pre-Draft Camp televising six hours over two days, June 7 and 8, 4-7 p.m. ET each day. ESPNU’s coverage will include game action and interviews with players, scouts and NBA general managers. NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, will also provide in-depth coverage of the pre-Draft camp.
“Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex offers first-rate facilities and state-of-the-art amenities that will serve to enhance our pre-Draft camp,” said Stu Jackson, NBA Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations. “With Disney’s sports complex hosting the camp and ESPNU providing live coverage, it further demonstrates the strong partnership between the NBA and The Walt Disney Company.”
In past years, NBA Pre-Draft Camp had been held at the Moody Bible Institute's Solheim Center in downtown Chicago. The NBA Draft takes place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday, June 28 and is televised on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. ET.