Chow Tse-kin and Li Ka-wai learn from top NBA players and coaches during training camp in Shanghai Basketball players Chow Tse-kin and Li Ka-wai have returned from a training stint in Shanghai with a physical and psychological boost. The '2008 adidas Nations' camp was held at Shanghai Sports University from May 20 to 24. Forty talented teenagers aged 18 or below from 10 Asian countries and cities as well as the United States joined the five-day programme. The participants underwent intensive training in the mainland city. They were guided by NBA players and coaches, including Detlef Schrempf, Bob Weiss, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts, Mo Williams and Desmond Mason. The youngsters said the activity helped them improve their skills, tactics and physical and mental condition. On the last day of the camp, adidas organised a 3-on-3 tournament between Asian and US players to help facilitate the exchange of skills and gauge the participants' progress. Tsz-kin's team entered the semi-finals before losing a tight contest in extra time. 'Most of the trainees in the camp are taller than me. I didn't have a height advantage as I do in Hong Kong. It made me understand the importance of physical strength and power in stopping bigger opponents,' said Tsz-kin. The Hong Kong duo said the camp provided many wonderful memories, especially the chance to play with Mason, the 2001 NBA All-Star slam dunk champion. They said both Mason and Williams - apart from being great players - were very friendly. 'The two NBA stars are cool and more friendly than you can ever imagine. They even played tricks on us. I still can't believe I was guided by them. Mason's slam-dunk skills are brilliant,' said Ka-wai. Ka-wai said he would like to follow in Mason's footsteps. 'I find there is a lot of room for improvement in my slam-dunk skills,' he added. Shanghai is the third 2008 adidas Nations training camp after the two US stints held earlier this year. The top players from Shanghai will be invited to take part in the 'adidas Experience 2008' from August 9 to 14 in the US. They will be joined by their counterparts from training camps in other countries and regions. Tsz-kin and Ka-wai are among the players who have been shortlisted for the US trip. The final list will be announced soon.