The NBA is one of the biggest sports leagues in the world, and every young basketball player aims to flaunt their talent there at least once.
While the easiest path for a player to be drafted into the NBA is to be a great prospect in America, as it doesn’t take a lot of effort for NBA teams to scout talents in the USA.
However, over the years, many NBA teams have started to focus on bringing foreign players to their teams.
Keeping that in mind, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Darius Garland and J.B. Bickerstaff were chosen to represent the franchise to train top prospects from the Without Borders initiative, as revealed via Bally Sports Cleveland on Twitter.
Darius Garland and J.B. Bickerstaff represented the @cavs in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the offseason to help train and coach top prospects as part of the NBA and FIBA's Basketball Without Borders initiative.#LetEmKnow | #NBAAfrica | #BWBAfrica pic.twitter.com/K9GTmTMAcp
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) November 15, 2023
The initiative takes place through a joint partnership of the NBA and FIBA.
Without Borders initiative simply puts together campers under the age of 18 for a few days, where they receive top-notch coaching and training from some of the league’s brightest players and coaches.
Considering the Cavs were a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference last season, it’s no surprise that Darius Garland and J.B. Bickerstaff took time off their schedules to provide valuable knowledge to the kids.
As for the Cavaliers in the 2023-24 NBA season, they are yet to put together an incredible winning streak.
It has resulted in the Cavaliers having a 4-6 record to start the season.
As many would expect, it’s only enough to be the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Can the Cavaliers turn their season around? Only time will tell.