Lakers meet young fans
Pupils from the YMCA and La Salle Gràcia school have taken part in a session run by Lakers and Barça veterans. The children shared the court with Gasol, Bryant, Epi, Solozábal and others.
On occasion of the Lakers’ visit to Barcelona, the ‘NBA Cares’ programme was
translated to “l’NBA es preocupa”, and a clinic was held with Barcelona
schoolchildren. After Phil Jackson’s squad trained at the Palau Sant Jordi, children from the
YMCA and La Salle Gràcia school joined the Lakers to get some expert coaching.
Gasol and Bryant with the children
Pau Gasol presented his Lakers colleagues to the participants, who
included Kobe Bryant, who did not take part in the training session. He seemed to thoroughly enjoy
the experience, although it was naturally Gasol who attracted the most attention, and who gazed
upon by adoring fans.
Barça veterans guests of honour
Four former Barça players also joined the clinic. Juan Antonio San
Epifanio ‘Epi’, Nacho Solozábal, Manolo Flores and Ferran Martínez joined a group of
four each and were able to appreciate what NBA players are like at first hand.
“These events show that all NBA players are top professionals. The players like taking
part and put their hearts into it”, explained Nacho Solozábal, who has been working with Kobe
Bryant. “He is a living legend. To have them here adds a new dimension to basketball, not
just because they are such good players but because they are such great guys too”.