Chicago Bulls legend Toni Kukoc worked with several young athletes ages 6 through 17 at a fundamentals basketball camp at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle, Illinois. At the camp the 60 or so attendees got to work hands on with the former Bull on footwork, ball handling, shooting, defense, and making free throws to improve their game and move forward in the sport. The kids who got to go to this event had a great time and admired Kukoc for his incredible coaching abilities, and hope to see him return again. It was especially meaningful to the young basketball players to work with Kukoc since he was a player for their local team and could relate to the area that they live in.
Kukoc grew up in Croatia and got his claim to fame getting started in the sport there before he noticed for his talent and picked up in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. However, he didn’t have to report to the team until 1993, which he did and stayed with them for seven years before doing a season with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, and another four with the Milwaukee Bucks before retiring in 2006. Currently, Kukoc still lives in the Chicago area and has two children who are both involved in sports at their universities.
Earlier this month Kukoc hosted a basketball clinic for about 60 youth in the Lisle area where they got to work on many of their game skills with the former player. Overall the event was a success and it was a fun experience for the kids to connect to someone who played for their city.
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