John Amaechi Helps Grow Great Britain Basketball
Former Orlando Magic player John Amaechi is on a mission to help grow the game of basketball in Great Britain. Basketball isn’t the most popular of games over there, but the 6′ 10″ big man wants to utilize his 5 seasons of NBA experience to influence and motivate young players to strive for basketball greatness and to develop them to be able to compete on a global level. The folks over at Hoopsfix have put together a fantastic clip involving Magic highlights of Amaechi to spread the word about the free camps John is offering to players and teams in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The Twitter hashtag for the pro camps is #PayTheFEE. Amaechi has had quite the inspiring post-NBA career as he’s truly become a British ambassador of sports. Most people recognize John for being the first man to have played in the NBA to openly identify himself as gay. That was back in 2007 after he retired. Magic fans need to also recall that John played two solid seasons in Orlando, and that Amaechi was a very important member of the ’99-’00 Heart ‘N Hustle team. In 162 games with the Magic – starting 89 of them – John averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, and 1.0 apg on 42.0 FG% and 70.0 FT% at 21 minutes per contest.