The second annual EuroLeague International Coaching Clinic in China is going strong and showering basketball knowledge on droves of that country’s coaches. This year, former Spanish national team head coach Juan Antonio Orenga, former Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade head coach Dejan Radonjic and veteran Italian coach Francesco Vitucci are headlining the four-day clinic, which is currently underway at Xiamen Sports Center. This season’s clinic is being supported by the Xiamen Sports Bureau, Spalding and Rigorer Sports.
The clinic is being attended by nearly 100 coaches from the Chinese Basketball Association, from China’s second-division Nation Basketball League and from the local Xiamen area. They are learning from the accomplished lecturers on a wide array of topics, including sessions on offensive and defensive big man skills, transition offense, shooting practice and spacing drills for perimeter players, and one-on-one basketball.
The EuroLeague International Coaching Clinic is one of several efforts Euroleague Basketball is working on in China to help raise the profile of the sport, with others focusing on youth development and media services. As Chinese basketball continues to grow, there are many in the Celestial Empire who seek to emulate the European brand of basketball, which is well-known for its attention to teamwork and individual skills.
The inaugural EuroLeague International Coaching Clinic took place in September of last year with Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens head coach Xavi Pascual; Luca Banchi, who is now with 7DAYS EuroCup side FIAT Turin; and former NBA head coach Lionel Hollins delivering lectures and drills for 40 CBA coaches to rave reviews.