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The National Basketball Association will host its first-ever event in Thailand with the NBA 3-on-3 Thailand 2011 presented by Singha Drinking Water, the league announced yesterday. Featuring Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, the NBA 3-on-3 Thailand 2011 will take place in Bangkok at CentralWorld on Sept 10 and 11. The competition, which will provide youth with an opportunity to hone their basketball skills and compete amongst their peers, is open to 11-19-year-old boys and girls and also features a division for adult men. Registration began yesterday at Central Plaza Pin Klao, Central Plaza Bang Na and CentralWorld on a first come first serve basis and runs until Sept 6. Bangkok Post
Mullin, who played for the Golden State Warriors and the Indiana Pacers, was a five-time NBA All-Star (1989-1993) and won two Olympic gold medals in 1984 1992 with the USA team. He will make appearances and interact with fans through clinics and community events. "I'm really looking forward to visiting Thailand and taking part in the NBA's first event in the country," Mullin said in a statement. "I have heard great things about Thailand and can't wait to meet the fans and work with them on developing their basketball skills during my trip." Bangkok Post
Show up in your average Bangkok community with a basketball and it won’t be long before residents put it on the ground and start kicking it back and forth. Such is the nature of sport in Thailand, where even a distant relative of volleyball, sepak takraw, is played primarily with the feet. So how do you get people in a football-crazy nation enthusiastic about basketball? This is the challenge facing Ike Nwankwo, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player who's been spreading his passion for the sport in Bangkok through his Top Flight basketball school and new men's league. CNN.com
CNNGo: What brought you here? Ike: I was on a touring team in China when a friend who was teacher in Bangkok suggested that kids in Thailand would love to hear my story. I came to Bangkok to speak to students at my friend's basketball camp and I fell in love with the country. Participating in the camp showed me how much raw talent was here and I wanted to be someone who brought those fundamental skills to players here. Fortunately, my arrival coincided with the beginning of the Asean Basketball League and I stayed and played with the Thailand Tigers in the inaugural league while I set up my coaching program. CNN.com
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