Hi everyone from Johannesburg, South Africa. I’ve been here the last four days taking part in the Basketball Without Borders Africa, a camp that gathers some of the best prospects in the continent to practice with and learn from NBA coaches, players and staff.
This is the third time I have participated in Basketball without Borders. The first one was 2010 in Barcelona. That was a great camp, not only because it took place in my city (in Spain) but also because I saw firsthand what the NBA is capable of doing in just four days. The impact on the young players is huge, as they get to work on fundamentals but also hear from great professionals about what it takes to make it as a player. I remember, back then, three summers ago, that I talked to the kids but I was still a player trying to make an impact in the league. I was not the same player I am now and didn’t have the confidence I have now.
The second time was last summer in South Africa. This was obviously a great experience because It was the African edition and there were players from the Congo and neighbouring countries. I felt blessed to be part of the group of people that can give advice to young people. And not only players, but also people from the communities that we were able to visit, last year and also this past week in my third camp. Nowadays, I have found my place in the NBA and have more moral authority to talk to these kids. But, anyway, the message is the same: work hard and stay focused If you have a dream.