BWB Europe 2008 Istanbul, 4 to 7 June All Camps

ISTANBUL 2008 – On June 4 -7 2008 BWB Europe marked its first return to Istanbul since 2002. The camp hosted about 50 of the best European players aged 19 and under, as well as 10 NBA players including Golden State Warrior’s small forward Mickael Pietrus and the New York Knicks big man David Lee, who served as coaches at the camp.

The camp format decreed that campers be divided into 6 teams, regardless of nationality and race. Each team, coached by at least one NBA player, took part in morning clinics which focused on basketball fundamentals as well as a competition which took place in the afternoons and evenings. The closing day of the camp included an All-Star game and an award ceremony in which campers received awards based on their performance throughout the camp’s duration.

Off the court, campers attended daily Life-Skills seminars; hour long sessions in which speakers addressed topics ranging from the importance of leadership and teamwork to drug-use education and prevention.
The NBA players also participated in the BWB community outreach programs Legacy Project and NBA Cares. Highlights of the 2008 camp included a basketball clinic for children without hearing and the donations of toys, clothing, toiletries, and similar necessities to various non-governmental organisations.

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The 2008 camp in Istanbul, Turkey featured 46 players from 24 countries.

The 2008 camp in Istanbul, Turkey featured 6 players and 7 coaches from the NBA and other top leagues affiliated to FIBA.

FIBA/NBA Players

Hidayet Turkoglu Sacramento Kings Turkey
Mickael Pietrus Golden State Warriors France
Bruce Bowen San Antonio Spurs USA
David Lee New York Knicks USA
Randy Foye Minnesota Timberwolves USA
Mehmet Okur Utah Jazz Turkey

FIBA/NBA Coaches

Tom Barrise New Jersey Nets USA
Jim Boylan NBA Coach USA
Dwane Casey NBA Coach USA
Ed Pinckney Minnesota Timberwolves USA
Joe Prunty Dallas Mavericks USA
Russel Turner Golden State Warriors USA
Jay Triano Toronto Raptors USA


Max Benton Cleveland Cavaliers USA

Camp Director

Marin Sedlacek FIBA Instructor Serbia

Team West

Nikola Mirotic Montenegro
Serkan Avci Turkey
Václav Honomichl Czech Republic
Jonas Valanciunas Lithuania
Philipp Neumann Germany
Marino Kucan Croatia
Evaldas Aniulis Lithuania

Team East

Gilvydas Biruta Lithuania
Ivan Lazarev Russia
Falko Theilig Germany
Kevin Bright Germany
Miralem Halilovic Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vytenis Cizauskas Lithuania
Perica Bobic Serbia
Fabio Mian Italy


Nikola Mirotic Camp MVP Award Montenegro
Miralem Halilovic All-Star MVP Award Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dmitry Korshakov Most Clutch Player Award Russia