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Yao to help instruct at Basketball without Borders camp

Show - 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards - Shanghai

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 15: Former Basketball player Yao Ming of China with his Laureus Spirit of Sport award speaks onstage during the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards show at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on April 15, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus)

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NEW YORK (AP) Former NBA great Yao Ming will help provide instruction at the Basketball without Borders camp during All-Star weekend in Toronto.

Current players Danilo Gallinari of Denver, Bruno Caboclo and Bismack Biyombo of the hometown Raptors, Greivis Vasquez of Milwaukee and Jeremy Lamb of Charlotte also will work at the Feb. 12-14 camp at Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The NBA said Friday that 53 boys and girls from 27 countries will participate in the camp, run jointly by the NBA and FIBA. The camp includes staff members from a number of teams, including Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri.

Yao, the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft, could be chosen a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during All-Star weekend. Yao, whose success was a catalyst for basketball’s growth in China, retired after the 2010-11 season.