Basketball never ends, and that is certainly the case for Kevon Looney. While he made his way to Japan this summer, it was not just for a vacation: the Dubs’ big man was selected as a volunteer coach for the eleventh edition of Basketball Without Borders Asia.
Looney joined current and former NBA and WNBA stars and coaches in Tokyo to help develop 64 high-school-aged international talent from 18 Asia-Pacific countries and territories. The four-day basketball camp, held earlier this week, included a variety of drills to build the young hoopers’ basketball, leadership, and communication skills.
In an interview with 95.7 The GAME he conducted while abroad in Tokyo, he said: “I’m over here doing talent evaluations, teach some kids about defense,” he said.
“I’m having a lot of fun out here! It’s my first time in Japan, just taking it all in.”
The 23-year-old found his time in Tokyo to be rewarding, telling The Japan Times: “Just seeing all the campers get better each and every day… Seeing different talent from different parts of the world, seeing them come together and have fun and build relationships with each other was great to see, and also me just being here and learning from all the different coaches here, learn new drills and learn new skill sets… It’s something I can take back home and work on my game.”
Though focussed on basketball during his trip, Looney did get to enjoy some time to himself. So what else did he do in Japan? “Some shopping, enjoy some good food.” He must have really enjoyed the food: he mentioned it twice in a span of five seconds in his chat with The GAME.
Between hitting the hardwood with the youth and exploring a brand new country, it looks like Looney enjoyed his time with Basketball Without Borders.