NBA to hold its first ever camp in India

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New Delhi, Jun 4: Unveiling an unprecedented extravaganza for India's basketball enthusiasts, Kyle Korver (Utah Jazz), Ronny Turiaf (LA Lakers), Pat Garrity (Orlando Magic) and Linton Johnson (Phoenix Suns) will participate in the elite US league's first ever event in the country.

The four-day event - Basketball without Borders Asia- will take place at the American Embassy School here, from July 3-6, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), announced here today. ''We look forward to hosting this most prestigious basketball camp,'' BFI Secretary General, Harish Sharma said in a statement. ''This will be an extraordinary opportunity to work with both the NBA and FIBA to help promote basketball in India.'' Selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating federations, 53 basketball players (ages 19 and under) from 15 countries and territories will take part in basketball instruction and competition during the camp.

Four Indian players - Pratham Singh, Hirendra Singh Rathore, Shadab Khan and Arjun Singh have been selected for the event.

NBA Legend Sam Perkins, and coaches Don Casey and Don Newman of the San Antonio Spurs will provide valuable tachnical inputs to the young players in their capacity as camp coaches.

Gregg Farnam of the Minnesota Timberwolves will take part as the camp's athletic trainer while Houston Rockets assistant coach Dean Cooper will oversee as camp director for the fourth consecutive year.

NBA great Dominique Wilkins will also be visiting India at the time of the event to help continue to grow participation in basketball and popularity of the NBA.

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