SLAM’s Adam Figman published a great in-depth interview with Jonas Jerebko today that’s well worth a read, particularly Jerebko talking about growing up in the game in Sweden.
But since we had a little diversion last week talking about Detroit Pistons connections to hip hop, I figured I’d point out this passage:
SLAM: You hosted a basketball camp this past summer in Michigan. How’d that go?
JJ: It went great. That’s something I always wanted to do. I kind of wanted to do it at home—coming from Sweden, I wanted to give an NBA experience to the kids over here. But I just felt like the best situation was in Detroit and I wanted to have my own basketball camp. We got about 50 people signed up for it, and then we decided to fill the camp up—we wanted to have a full camp—so we got in contact with an AAU team down in downtown Detroit, and we gave that team free scholarships for the whole camp and we just decided to fill the camp up with free scholarships. We had kids from all over Michigan send applications via YouTube on why they should come to the camp for free. Kids were driving three hours [to come]; we had kids from downtown who couldn’t even get to the arena, so we went and picked ‘em up. The kids got free t-shirts and gear—Lil Wayne was really nice and sent a lot of Trukfit gear.
SLAM: Wait, what?
JJ: I don’t really know how he found out about it, but somehow Wayne got word of it and was kind enough to send gear for all the kids.
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