PHOENIX Suns guard Brandon Knight and former NBA player DeCovan “Dee” Brown will train Filipino athletes and coaches in the Gatorade NBA Training Center at Hoops Center at Mandaluyong City on July 19.
The training center will gather experts in basketball, fitness and conditioning, and nutrition to share best practices with local athletes and coaches.
NBA Fit Week will highlight the importance of healthy, active lifestyles and activities include an interactive fan event featuring Globe Telecom’s sports ambassadors at the BGC Amphitheater on July 20.
“Being a great player is the product of maintaining good workout, eating and sleeping habits,” said Knight.
“I’m looking forward to participating in NBA Fit Week and teaching talented young players in the Philippines the importance of fitness and nutrition both on and off the court.”
A health and wellness event sponsored by the NBA Store will also be held, as well as an NBA Cares clinic for 13-year-old boys and girls from Special Olympics Philippines at TriNoma Activity Center on July 21.
“I’m excited to visit the Philippines for the first time and experience the passion that Filipino fans have for basketball,” said Brown.
“Having had the opportunity to work in the NBA, WNBA, and NBA D-League, I look forward to sharing my coaching knowledge and providing valuable insights on fitness and conditioning to help athletes and coaches elevate their games to the next level.”
Knight, a 6-foot-3 guard from University of Kentucky, was selected eighth overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2011 NBA Draft. Knight spent 2013-15 with the Milwaukee Bucks before joining Phoenix midway through the 2015 season and averaged 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Suns last season.
Brown played for the Boston Celtics (1990-98), Toronto Raptors (1998-00) and Orlando Magic (2000-02) during his 12-year NBA career and won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1991. Brown served as head coach of the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle (2002) and San Antonio Silver Stars (2004) prior to joining the NBA D-League’s Springfield Armor as head coach (2009-11). Brown also served as an assistant coach for the Pistons (2011-13) and Sacramento Kings (2013-15).