Off-Court Report: Mindaugas Kuzminskas Goes Back to School, James Michael McAdoo Hosts Camp in Kenya and More

Mindaugas Kuzminskas. (NBPA)

Every week, the NBPA will recap a recent collection of NBA players’ off-the-court activities. From camps to community work to personal celebrations and much more, we’ll take a look at what players do in their free time to highlight their interests and achievements in different ways.

This week, it’s Mindaugas Kuzminskas continuing his studies, players working on youth basketball camps and going on promotional trips to China, and Jimmy Butler arriving in Minnesota.


Kuzminskas Goes Back to School

The Knicks forward posted a photo on Instagram announcing that he’ll be going back to his home country to earn a Master’s degree from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Kuzminskas was at VMU previously before the NBA, studying economics while playing for the school’s basketball team.

Back to studies!!! New Master's student @vduni #neverstop #neverenough #study

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James Michael McAdoo Hosts Camp in Kenya

McAdoo’s four-day event called “1 Died 4 All” is a Christian basketball camp that resembles one he went to as a child. In an article from The Standard – Kenya, he expressed his desire to host such a camp. “My life was impacted by a similar camp I attended when I was 11 years old,” he said. “I promised to do the same for other unfortunate children in the U.S. and around the world.”

He also mentioned the NBA potential he sees in Kenyan players. “We want the children to dream big,” he said. “We want them to have strong work ethics, which will propel them to greater heights. We want them to be totally dedicated to their dreams.”

Chandler Parsons’ Two Basketball Camps

The Grizzlies forward first visited Wrightsville Community Center in Little Rock, Ark., where he was hosted by the National High School Basketball Association.

The second appearance was in his NBA home of Memphis, where he surprised kids at the Memphis Athletic Ministries.

Players’ Promotional Trips to China

Klay Thompson and Lou Williams are both in China with their sneaker sponsors. The Warriors champion began his Anta tour this week, visiting Chengdu and holding a three-point exhibition in Zhengzhou.

Yesterday's 3 point contest in Zhengzhou was unbelievable. Thank u to all the amazing fans who came out!! #ANTAChinaTour

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Meanwhile, Williams is in Beijing with Peak Sports.

Big business minus the business suit

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Mob with me

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Butler Visits Minnesota Pro Teams

Butler, who was recently traded to the Timberwolves, stopped by the Twins at Target Field and the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. He got a sneak peek at the Twins’ locker room and was presented with a jersey from the the team’s bear mascot, T.C. It was customized with his last name and No. 23, the number he’ll be wearing for the Timberwolves.

During his time with the Vikings, Butler met defensive end Everson Griffen and toured the team’s stadium.

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