Green headed to Russia as hoops missionary

Spurs guard Danny Green spent part of last fall’s NBA lockout playing professionally in Slovenia. This month, he’s set to return to eastern Europe, but only for a few days.

Green has been selected to participate in the first-ever Basketball Without Borders event in Russia, to be held Sept. 13-16 in Moscow. There, he will help run basketball camps for as many as 50 up-and-coming European players.

Also scheduled to participate are Russian NBA players Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved (both of Minnesota) and Denver’s Timofey Mozgov, as well as Brooklyn guard MarShon Brooks and Brian Cardinal, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks.

Lithuanian legend  Sarunas Marciulionis is also scheduled to participate.

Basketball Without Borders camps are held annually as a collaboration between the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

It is described in a news release as a “global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education and health and wellness.”

Since its inception in 2001, Basketball Without Borders has staged 30 camps in 15 countries.

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