Luguentz Dort wants to facilitate the career of young basketball players in Quebec

The Maizon Dort is something my team and I have had in mind for a long time. Our goal is really to reach young people and make their journey a little easier.The Oklahoma City Thunder player explained.

Maizon Dort’s mission is to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Montreal, Oklahoma City and central Arizona. The NBA player was inspired by his journey to find ways to give back to the communities that have helped him.

If you look at my story… It was really difficult in school when I was young. There are people who helped me get to where I am today. I would have liked to participate in such an event. »

quote from Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder player

With this in mind, the camp was established lo beast. Nearly a hundred guests will have the opportunity to train with the young NBA sensation and benefit from his advice. He will be accompanied by former coaches and friends.

I think talking to a player they watch on TV, who speaks their language and comes from their region can really help young people to believe in themselves. I hope to inspire them by telling them about my background and how I train. We can play a little. There will also be surprisesDort said.

Since his second season in the NBA, Luguentz Dort has proven to be a very good defensive player.

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The 23-year-old signed a 5-year, $87.5 million deal with Oklahoma City this summer. Despite everything, he is convinced that he will also learn from the young people who will attend his camp.

It is truly an honor to be able to meet them. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my youth. At this moment in life, everything begins. I can’t wait to hear their impressions, find out what interests them and how I can improve my event for next year. I feel like they’ll teach me a lotsaid the one who played in the NCAA for one season (2018-2019) with the Arizona State University Sun Devils.

In addition to the smiles on the faces of the participants, what stood out the most during the first edition of the event was the pleasure that the young people took in discovering new techniques in defense, the spear of Dort in his game .

When we did the defensive drill, that’s when the guys really started having a hard time. in a good mood. It was noisy in the room. There was a starting atmosphere. It really hit me because what helped me get to where I am in the NBA is my defense. Seeing them enjoying defensive training made me really happyHe admitted that his voice was filled with emotion.

If he had been told at such a young age that he would be training this weekend that he would be an NBA player today, he would not have believed it.

It was unrealistic for me when I was younger. Honestly impossible. Over the years, I really grew up and started to believe in it. I began to tell myself that it was possible. Now I’m really happy, but a long time ago someone would have told me that, and I wouldn’t have believed them.He’s laughing.

Yet it is very real. Although he realizes the size of the contract he signed this summer, he doesn’t feel any additional pressure.

It is certainly a very big thing. The goal of a basketball player when entering the NBA is to obtain his second contract and to be able to touch the city and his loved ones and be proud of himself. More pressure? nope. I think now I’m just relieved. I qualified for the best league in the world. It will be fair in a good mood For me really. »

quote from Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder player

In the meantime, he hopes to improve the course of the young basketball players who will cross his path on Saturday.

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