Tall poppies hitting town

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2006, 12:00am

There will be a few NBA basketball stars heading to this neck of the woods shortly.

Besides the shoe-plugging NBA Celebrity Jam with Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul next Thursday in Hong Kong, the American so-called 'dream dream' - including LeBron James and Dwayne Wade - will be playing a couple of pre-world championship warm-up games in Guangzhou next Monday and Tuesday (one of which will be against Yao Ming and Team China).

However, about 300 lucky kids between 10 and 18 will be able to get up-close and personal with former centre great Vlade Divac (below) who is hosting a basketball training camp up north at Shantou University (also in Guangzhou) starting tomorrow until Sunday.

Divac will be joined by his former Sacramento Kings teammate and former all-star Peja Stojakovic.