NBA hosts 10th BWB camps, minus active players

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Basketball without Borders program, the first that won’t involve active players.

Camps will be held in Slovenia, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Rio de Janeiro. The Slovenian camp will be the first held in one of the former Yugoslav republics, where the 50 campers who attended the inaugural camp in 2001 came from.

The camps, organized by the NBA and FIBA, bring young players together for on-court instruction and life-skills seminars. The campers won’t get any coaching from active players, because they are prevented from taking part in league activities during the lockout.

Commissioner David Stern said during the finals the league’s community outreach initiatives would continue without them, relying on retired players.