By Tom Dowd November 18, 2016
The Brooklyn Nets welcomed athletes from the Wheelchair Sports Federation for an afternoon practice with the NBA Nets at the HSS Training Center in Brooklyn NY on October 23, 2016.
"It's very cool to be with the professional athletes because we get a sense of what you have to do to train in order to compete," said John Hamre, President of the Wheelchair Sports Federation. "We try to do the same things they do. We practice on a regular basis, work on drills and it is reinforced by seeing how the professional does the same drills. It goes a long way, especially with the new players."
The guests watched a Nets practice and had the chance to interact with the players, coaches, and the general Manager, Sean Marks. At the end of the day, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Justin Hamilton, Isaiah Whitehead, Caris LeVert and Sean Kilpatrick joined in for a pickup wheelchair basketball game on the Nets practice court.
"You've got to put in a lot of work to spin yourself down and dribble" said Hollis-Jeferson. "You can't do more than two spins and keep a dribble, so that was pretty tough. I think I traveled a lot, but they didn't call it on me, so it was pretty cool."