Greater Noida: India’s basketball legacy may be encapsulated in a brief, but with NBA making this side of the world a scouting ground, a never-before opportunity has come at the doorstep for Indian youngsters.
“This was a dream in our days,” said Satnam Singh, a legend in his own right who became the first Indian to be drafted in the NBA.
“You should dream big to achieve something in life,” is how Satnam exhorted Indian youngsters on the first dayof the NBA-FIBA Basketball Withour Borders Asia Camp that began at the NBA Academy here on Wednesday.
“Unless there is a dream you cannot achieve things in life,” said Amjyot Singh, who plays for NBA G League’s Oklahoma City Blue.
“This BWB Camp is an opportunity of a lifetime. Life if all about making the most of the opportunities one gets. Like I got an opportunity to be in NBA and made whatever best I could out of it, this camp should serve as a great platform for campers to move up in their basketball careers,” said Satnam.
The 10th edition of BWB Asia saw 66 top high-school age boys and girls from 16 countries and territories across Asia Pacific take the court and had the opportunity to learn from NBA players Corey Brewer (Oklahoma City Thunder), Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets), Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks) besides Satnam and Amjyot Singh.
“This is a great setup for all the campers here. I’m glad that I could come here and share things that I have learnt so far. The level of coaches and players here is very good and the campers should go back as better players and human beings too,” said Amjyot.
The players and coaches led the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games.
In the afternoon, as part of the NBA’s community outreach efforts, a basketball clinic was conducted for more than 85 youth from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, respect, determination and community.