The tournament was held on 12-13 July, for the first time in Russia. The tournament was organized by the NBA.
The winners of the tournament, both males and females will go on to participate in a European NBA 3X final, which will be held in London, in January 2015. That is, Russia’s best teams will face teams from France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.
Grant, who attended the event in Moscow, met the fans, signed autographs and also made comments for the local press.
Former NBA forward said he arrived in Russia as NBA’s ambassador for the development of NBA 3X project, which serves as a start-up for young basketball players.
Grant was asked about the Russian players currently playing in the NBA.
With regards to Alexey Shved and Sergey Karasev, Grant said he haven’t seen much of them playing, so cannot say anything specific. He did mention the others though.
“I’ve always liked Andrey Kirilenko’s game. He plays with passion, and besides he foresees how the game develops,” Grant said. “I played against him, and I was amazed by his speed and arsenal of moves.”
“Regarding Timofey Mozgov, I see All-Star potential there. He’s a great athlete, good basics, all he needs to do is add some stability to his game,” Grant noted, adding that although Russian players in the NBA don’t always have the right athletism, it can be adjusted.
Grant went on to add that the level of the players at the tournament is not important.
“What is important is that I see a lot of kids here – that’s important. It’s important to have people play this game since young age. Only then it is possible to grow into a big-time player,” Grant said.
Speaking of the level of Russia’s basketball, Grant noted that since Russian team won Eurobasket championship in 2007, as well as bronze medals at the Olympics – this alone showcases the necessary level.
“I am not very familiar with basketball in Russia, but I see that it stands at a fairly good level here,” Grant noted.
Grant spent 17 seasons in the NBA, playing for Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics and Los Angeles Lakers. He won four NBA titles – three with Chicago Bulls and one with LA Lakers. In his 1165 games (1037 started) in the league, Grant averaged 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.0 bpg.Follow @exnbadotcom
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