By Timothy Latterner | September 22, 2016 | Lifestyle
New York's basketball's top teams hold camps for kids to learn from the best.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopez teaches kids at the Brooklyn Nets Hamptons Basketball Camp.
Months before the NBA officially kicks off its fall season, local teams the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will be in the Hamptons, hosting summer camps to teach kids everything from basketball fundamentals to sportsmanship and teamwork. Over multiple days, campers will run drills, play games, and do team exercises to hone their craft and improve their skills under the direction of the teams’ top players and coaches.
John Starks, a former New York Knick and player on the 1994 All-Star team, is a guest instructor at the Knicks camp, August 27 to 29 and August 31 to September 2. “We’re teaching them basic drills we used all the time in the NBA; it’s no different at any level,” says Starks. “What I try to get across to the young players is the only way you can improve is to go 100 percent on every drill.”
This will be the third summer for the Nets camp at Southampton Town Recreation Center. This year’s event, which will include Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson and Brooklyn Nets players Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert, urges kids to “really take advantage of the opportunity to learn the game from some great players and certainly a great coach, bring a lot of energy, and most importantly, have fun!” says CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark.
New York Knicks Summer Basketball Camp takes place August 27–29 and August 31–September 2 at Ross School, 18 Goodfriend Dr., East Hampton, 212-631-5796
Brooklyn Nets Hamptons Basketball Camp Powered By Dribbl takes place August 29–September 2 at Southampton Town Recreation Center, 1370A Majors Path, Southampton, 212-717-7651
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE BROOKLYN NETS