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Kobe unveils basketball plans in Haikou
    2017-September-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. basketball legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first National Basketball Association (NBA) school, a development the 18-time All-Star said will improve the game in China.

The five-time NBA champion joined sports and leisure company Mission Hills Group and NBA China to announce a multi-year partnership to design, develop and operate the NBA school as well as an NBA interactive experience and store in Haikou, Hainan Province.

“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training. I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China,” said the retired NBA star.

“This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds on our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China,” said NBA China CEO David Shoemaker.

The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players, from junior level to professionals. Construction of the facility will begin later this year and will be completed in 2019.

The school will include six indoor courts and other state-of-the-art facilities. Mission Hills Group will be responsible for designing and building the school, while NBA China will operate and staff the facility with NBA-trained coaches and provide the basketball development curriculum. NBA players and legends will visit the school to provide additional instruction and help foster player development.

The NBA interactive experience and store will be located at Mission Hills Centreville, a 240,000-square-meter shopp-ing and entertainment complex located within the 22-square-kilometer Mission Hills Haikou resort. It will be a multimedia exhibition and retail space celebrating the league’s history and providing fans with a broad assortment of merchandise for men, women and kids, including jerseys, fan apparel, basketballs and accessories.

Meanwhile, Mission Hills will become a promotional partner of NBA China Games 2017 that will feature a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Shenzhen Universiade Center on Oct. 5, followed by a rematch in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 8.

The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in China.

In November 2016, NBA China opened NBA Academy Zhejiang, NBA Academy Shandong and NBA Academy Xinjiang, three elite basketball training centers for the top male and female prospects from throughout China.

“As the world’s largest fully-integrated resort, we couldn’t be more excited to team up with the world’s largest professional basketball league to invest in the future of basketball in China, providing the Chinese people with access to an active and healthy lifestyle and help unearth future Chinese NBA stars,” said Mission Hills Group Chairman Ken Chu.

Haikou already hosts a Barcelona soccer academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.(SD-Agencies)

 

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