Ipswich: Former NBA star John Amaechi praises Ipswich basketball Club during visit

Former NBA player John Amaechi works with young players at Ipswich Basketball Club on Saturday, 4 Oc

Former NBA player John Amaechi works with young players at Ipswich Basketball Club on Saturday, 4 October. - Credit: Su Anderson

Former NBA star John Amaechi praised the work being done at Ipswich Basketball Club during a visit to the town this weekend.

The former Orlando Magic centre took part in a coaching clinic, worked with young players at the club and watched the team’s match against Loughborough on Saturday, before a question and answer session in the evening.

Speaking to The Star, 6ft 10ins Amaechi said: “They are already doing good things and I think one of the most magnanimous things which is to say we can always learn more, which is why I came down today.

“It has been excellent. The kids have really focused on what is for them some new things and they’ve shown willing and put in great effort and that’s all you can ask.”

Ipswich Basketball Club’s chairman, Kathryn James, added: “To have someone of his stature coming to Ipswich, we were thrilled.”

Amaechi was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Stockport. He then moved to the USA to play high school and college basketball.

In addition to playing stints in Europe, the 43-year-old, who is also a psychologist, also played for the Utah Jazz between 2001 and 2003.

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