NBA star Steph Curry rubs shoulders with young Chinese fans during annual trip to mainland

The Golden State Warriors’ player says basketball ‘can really spread wild in the country’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 1:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 10:56pm

Stephen Curry is back in Asia. The two-time NBA MVP – fresh off his second championship with the Golden State Warriors – spent a portion of his weekend in China conducting a youth basketball clinic as part of his annual tour of the country.

The clinic, which took place in Beijing during the Jnr NBA Finals, is the latest example of the NBA’s initiative to encourage boys and girls across the globe to learn basketball at a young age.

“Being able to be in a position now where I’m able to inspire fans across the world is something that’s truly special,” Curry, who was accompanied by his brother, Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, said. “It’s a great reminder of that when I come here every year, especially the last three years, to really experience the passion for basketball here and to really share my joy for the game.

“I say that a lot, but that’s really what this is about. How much fun I have playing basketball, I feel like that can be the same for a lot of people.”

The Jnr NBA – the league’s global youth basketball programme – is designed to teach basketball fundamentals and off-court values at a grassroots level.

The NBA reached more than 18 million youths in 53 countries through its youth participation initiatives during the 2016-17 season, according to the league.

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“What the Jnr NBA has been able to do to share the game with so many kids here in China, it’s unbelievable,” Curry said.

“[Basketball] can really spread wild in the country, and I think that’s a huge benefit to everybody, no matter what age you are, to really get the experiences of basketball and playing with the team and understanding what that means, and I think we kind of demonstrated that today.”

The events continue this week in Shenzhen and Shanghai, where Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin will host clinics.