Written by Shaun Powell
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Inside adjoining gymnasiums at a suburban private high school here, dozens of teenagers from around Africa have an advantage that few of their American counterparts could even imagine.
They are getting bounce passes, shooting tips and dribbling instruction from Erik Spoelstra, Alvin Gentry and Mike Malone, three accomplished NBA coaches who were giving of their time and expertise. During a drill, Spoelstra pulled aside one player and explained the benefit of crouching on defense. Malone wanted a point guard to see the entire floor and Gentry showed a group of tall teens some tricks of the box-out
It’s a lot to absorb, but the sponges are mopping it up and must now make room in their suitcases for all the knowledge they’ll take home from the Basketball Without Borders clinic.