By Kang Seung-woo
The Korea Development Camp will return to Seoul for the third straight year this week.
The camp, organized by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Korean Basketball League (KBL), will invite the top 40 players between the ages of 16 and 19 to help improve their skills from Thursday through Sunday at the Yangjae Education and Culture Center.
Five-time NBA champion Ron Harper, who played for the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and the Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, and Toronto Raptors forward Jason Kapono, a two-time three-point shootout winner in the All-Star weekend, will join NBA assistant coaches Stephen Silas of the Golden States Warriors and Rory White of the L.A. Clippers as camp coaches.
The event will also feature KBL coaches, including KTF MagicWings assistants Kim Hee-seon and Kang Byung-soo and former Samsung Thunders assistant Lee Min-hyung.
Daegu Orions forward Lee Dong-joon will also join the camp.
For the first time, the event will feature an NBA referee clinic, a new program specially designed to train KBL referees.
``The Korea Development Camp is one of the most successful basketball training camps in Korea and our campers have shown tremendous improvement over the past two years,'' Kim Dong-kwang, executive director of basketball operations of the KBL. ``We are happy to team up with the NBA to raise the standard of basketball in our country.''
The camp MVP will earn a spot to participate in Basketball without Borders Asia, scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 2.