Outstanding players selected from the Nike All-Hong Kong Basketball League received some expert advice from one of the United States' top coaches. Kelvin Sampson, who has coached Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, spent two days with the team at the Chinese University gymnasium. He worked on the team's shooting as well as their offence and defence. His no-nonsense approach was appreciated by the locals. 'The team has potential and although they probably won't grow up to be NBA stars, they can still become good players. That's my job. I try to help them become good players,' said the 42-year-old Sampson, who is head coach at the University of Oklahoma. 'I love working with kids. I always try to encourage them, so they can be better than the other kids,' he said. 'As for now, I see Hong Kong players with ability. They are a good, well-mannered bunch, but they must work on their strength and conditioning. They need to become bigger and stronger and lift weights more often.' Sampson has fond memories of Magic Johnson when he was assistant coach at Michigan State University, calling the NBA superstar an ever-smiling, hard-working player. Sampson was a guest of Hong Kong head coach Timothy Darling, who took charge of the Hong Kong Asian Games squad in March.