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NBA shooting coach coming to Airdrie

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 11:08 am

Dave Love, left, will be teaching local youth basketball players many of the same tips he gives NBA players during a summer basketball camp in Airdrie in August.
Dave Love, left, will be teaching local youth basketball players many of the same tips he gives NBA players during a summer basketball camp in Airdrie in August.
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Local basketball players will have the chance to learn from a NBA (National Basketball Association) shooting coach in August at Genesis Place Recreation Centre.

Calgary’s Dave Love, who has been a shooting consultant for three NBA teams and is the shooting coach for the University of Calgary Dinos, will be hosting “The Love of the Game” basketball camp for girls and boys between the ages of 11 to 15 on August 25 to 28.

“I have done clinics for the Airdrie Minor Basketball Association (AMBA) for a number of years now, but this will be the first time that I will be doing a week-long camp like this,” Love said.

“To do something like this is fairly new for me, but I’m really excited about doing something where I can get out there and help the kids.”

Love, who had coached players on the Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Cleveland Cavaliers over the last three seasons, will be joined by Dinos Assistant Coach Jackson Parker during the camp as they give the players pointers on all aspects of the game.

“The biggest things that we will be working on will be the fundamentals of the game, such as ball handling, defensive play and of course shooting skills,” Love said.

“Along with that, we will work with players on their team play, and giving them a few tips that will help to make the sport more fun for them.”

Having worked with NBA players such as Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson and members of the Dinos team, helping out kids is a change of pace that Love looks forward to during the summer.

“I’m really looking forward to coming up to Airdrie and getting to know the kids that play basketball there a lot better,” he added.

The total cost for the camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, is $225 dollars, with a $25 discount for any member of the AMBA who sign up.

To register, visit www.theloveofthegame.com


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