Nuggets center Marcus Camby will be going to Africa to visit "The Motherland" while also joining other NBA players who are giving back to kids with dreams of being like them.
Camby and numerous other NBA players are scheduled to take part in four "Basketball Without Borders" camps this summer, including the first visit to Asia. "Basketball Without Borders" is an instructional camp for young men in three continents that promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship and healthy living.
"I'm excited," Camby said. "I want to experience it. It will be an opportunity of a lifetime. It's been a trip that I've wanted to do. Also, I get to incorporate kids in it."
"Basketball Without Borders" began in 2001 with one camp in Italy. Nuggets international scout Massai Ujiri has been involved in the South Africa camp the past two years and plans to return this year. Camby said Ujiri played a strong role in his decision to go to Africa this year.
"Massai sold me on it," said Camby, an African-American who plans to make a European trip after leaving Africa. "The NBA sent me a videotape of the guys back there working the camp. I also want to go to Africa, 'The Motherland,' a place where you can see where your ancestors are from and work with kids."
NBA players expected to join Camby in South Africa include Shane Battier (Memphis), Chris Bosh (Toronto), Luol Deng (Chicago), DeSagana Diop (Cleveland), Drew Gooden (Cleveland), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia), Richard Jefferson (New Jersey), Maciej Lampe (New Orleans), Mike Miller (Memphis), Didier Ilunga-Mbenga (Dallas), Dikembe Mutombo (Houston), Steve Nash (Phoenix), Beno Udrih (San Antonio) and former NBA player Jay Williams.
NBA players scheduled to travel to Argentina include Mutombo, Samuel Dalembert (Philadelphia), Carlos Delfino (Detroit), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio), Kirk Hinrich (Chicago) and Andres Nocioni (Chicago).
NBA players expected to go to China include Dalembert, Yao Ming (Houston), Dan Dickau (New Orleans), Ha Seung-Jin (Portland), Kyle Korver (Philadelphia), Bostjan Nachbar (New Orleans), Tony Parker (San Antonio), Bobby Simmons (Los Angeles Clippers), Etan Thomas (Washington) and former Nugget Mengke Bateer.
NBA players scheduled to go to Italy include Bruce Bowen (San Antonio), Primoz Brezec (Charlotte), Gordan Giricek (Utah), Andrei Kirilenko (Utah), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Zaza Pachulia (Milwaukee).