Bryant to open academy

Source:Agencies Published: 2017/9/12 23:33:39

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans on Tuesday for China's first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.

The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.

Along with soccer, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility - construction begins later this year - will be a boon to the Chinese game.

The 39-year-old was in ­Haikou, South China's Hainan Province, to unveil the project.


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