THE former NBA star whom Filipino players can easily identify with is coming over to the country.
Tyrone `Muggsy’ Bogues, the shortest player ever to play in the NBA at 5-foot-3, will be the special guest during the 2013 Jr. NBA presented by Alaska National Training Camp set from April 26 to 28.
Bogues, a member of the U.S. team that won the Fiba-World Basketball Championship in 1986, is going to help coach participants coming from all over the country vying for a spot on the Jr. NBA All-Star team.
A first round draft pick (no. 12) of Washington in 1987, Bogues also suited up for the Charlotte Hornets and to this day remains the franchise career leader in minutes played, assists, and steals.
“I have heard many wonderful things about the Filipinos’ passion for the game of basketball and I am looking forward to my first visit to the country,” said Bogues.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share my skills and knowledge with all the Jr. NBA participants that have worked so hard for their spots at the National Training Camp.”
The NBA wonder will join hand with Jr. NBA head coach Sefu Bernard and PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa of Alaska to help run the National Training Camp.
At the same time, Bogues will conduct NBA Cares activities in Metro Manila, being the fourth former NBA player to be part of the Jr. NBA Philippines Program after BJ Armstrong, AC Green, and Luc Longley.
The National Training Camp is the culmination of the 2013 Jr. NBA presented by Alaska program, providing the top 50 participants an opportunity to train with, and compete against their peers.
The top 50 were selected from more than 1,000 participants from regional selection camps in Lucena, Dagupan, Davao, and the NCR, as well as the Alaska Power Camps.
At the three-day camp, the top 10 players will be named to the Jr. NBA All-Star team and will be rewarded with a unique NBA experience, including the opportunity to play against a Jr. NBA team from another country.
Campers will also participate in life skills session which teach the Jr. NBA S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect.