Renowned US coach to hold hoops camp in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – American basketball coach Ganon Baker, who has trained and worked with many NBA and WNBA stars, will be coming to Manila for a four-day camp this September.

Sponsored by Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals, the clinics will be held on September 2, 3, 9, and 10 at the Moro Lorenzo Sports center inside the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Among the well-known cagers Baker has worked with are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings and Skylar Diggins.

“I’ve been working out with kids and NBA players my entire professional basketball life,” Baker said in a video message. “I am coming to do a camp. You have the most passion of any community and I would love to see you there.”

Baker has taught the game across 36 countries working with coaches and players on their game. In an article written by Dave Fairbank in the Daily Press, he described Baker as “Tony Robbins (a life coach) with a jump shot, Dr. Phil with a handle. Maybe more accurately, he is the Johnny Appleseed of roundball, spreading the gospel of hoops and nurturing the game in gyms large and small.”

According to Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitational’s Jay Adevoso, the camp is open to basketball players but also coaches and trainers.

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Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals is a grassroots basketball program with over 40 schools in Metro Manila participating.

For coaches, trainers and other players, there will be a minimal fee for the four-day camp.

The Ganon Baker Basketball schedule is as follows: September 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; and September 3, 9, and 10 from 4-6 p.m. For more details, check out the Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals Facebook page.


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