Ex-Spurs champ Avery Johnson attends basketball clinic in Cebu

avery-johnson-pull-up-jFormer San Antonio guard, coach of the Year Avery Johnson visited the the municipality of Compostela for a basketball clinic in northern Cebu.

Johnson won a title with San Antonio Spurs in 1999 as its starting point guard and went on to win the Coach of the Year award in 2006, where he guided the Dallas Mavericks to its first ever Finals appearance.

During his playing career, he appeared in 1054 NBA Games (637 started), averaging 8.4 points, 5.5 assists and 25.3 minutes per game.

Johnson averaged over 13 points per game for 2 straight seasons with the Spurs in 94-95, 95-96. He also averaged a career high 9.6 assists per game during the 95-96 season.

Johnson visited the event as part of the rehabilitation program of northern Cebu, according to CebuDailyNews.

Cebu is an island province in the Philippines, consisting of the island itself and 167 surrounding islands. Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines, which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighboring cities and eight other local government units.

The clinic was done in cooperation with World Vision, is part of the NBA’s continuing support of super typhoon Yolanda relief efforts. So far, the NBA has contributed more than $2.2 million which included a donation of $250,000 by the league and the NBA Players’ Association to World Vision.

NBA Philippines Country Manager Carlo Singson expressed his excitement at bringing the NBA personalities to Compostela, a municipality that was hit hard by Typhoon Yolanda late last year.

In August 2014, the NBA partnered with the US Embassy in the Philippines to bring NBA Legend Derrick Alston and WNBA Legend Allison Feaster to the Philippines to participate in sports diplomacy activities.

The envoys visited disaster-hit Leyte and Cebu City to donate books and basketballs and participated in school construction and tree planting.


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