With the Olympics starting up over the weekend, Nike’s World Basketball Festival 2012 came to a close recently in Barcelona.
July 24, 2012. Barcelona, Spain – A half-court basketball arena was unprecedentedly set up in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) for the Nike World Basketball Festival 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. More than a thousand basketball fans celebrated a memorable basketball night with Clyde Drexler, David Robinson and Chris Mullin from the 1992 Dream Team, in addition to LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Andre Iguodala, Anthony Daivs, Carmelo Anthony and James Harden from the 2012 USA Men’s Basketball Team.
Chris Paul and Deron Willliams kicked off the five-hour basketball festival with a clinic with 10 young basketball players who participated the Nike Basketball Camp in Andorra earlier this July.
In the Nike+ Basketball Dunk Showcase competition, Rafal ‘Lipel’ Lipinski won the Regional championship with judges including Dream Team legends Clyde Drexler, David Robinson and Chris Mullin, as well as USA Men’s Basketball Team member Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis.
The Nike 3v3 Spain National Tournament final teams also received exceptional coaching from the 1992 Dream Team legends and two USA Basketball Team players Carmelo Anthony and James Harden. Clyde Drexler, David Robinson and Chris Mullin coached POPLITEOS from Madrid who won the U25 championship. NOBECATS from Barcelona won the U18 championshipguided by Anthony and Harden.
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant appeared at the finale of the 2012 Nike World Basketball Festival and awarded the championship teams and interacted with the fans in MNAC.
Barcelona was the final stop in the 2012 Nike World Basketball Festival which reached fans and young athletes from around the world. Originally created in 2010 as a celebration of the performance and culture of the game, the Nike World Basketball Festival 2012 expands to bring energy to the basketball communities in Barcelona, after London, Paris, Washington, D.C.