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NBA stars passing their experience to children in Moscow

Published time: September 17, 2012 10:19
Edited time: September 17, 2012 14:19

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The most talented youngsters from around Europe have had an experience they will never forget, as they were given a high-profile basketball master-class by NBA stars in Moscow.

The Basketball Without Borders project has been helping develop the sport in Europe for over a decade. Even though the event took place in Moscow kids from 20 countries took part.

The youngsters were selected by local federations – and all are highly talented and have the potential to become stars of the future.

There was no shortage of expertise for kids to learn from. Andrey Kirilenko, Timothey Mozgov and Aleksei Sved, who all play in the NBA turned up, while MarShon Brooks and Danny Green travelled over from the US to lend a helping hand. Meanwhile, Brian Cardinal, who's a 35 year old veteran with the Dallas Mavericks, said he was delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the youngsters.

The three day camp finished with an All-Star game between the best youngsters under the age of 16 from Europe. The quality was high, and Green believes that some of these players have the potential to follow him into the NBA.

There was one guest who was particularly interested in proceedings – the US Ambassador to Russia – Michael McFaul. He's a massive basketball fan himself and so are his two sons.

The event was wonderfully received by both the coaches and the participants, and the Basketball Without Borders training camp continues to go from strength to strength, helping youngsters fulfill their basketball dream.