NBA heads to the Holy Land to develop talent, promote values

JERUSALEM -- The NBA is heading to the holy land.


A league delegation headed by Commissioner Adam Silver is in Israel this week on a mission with its "Basketball Without Borders" program.


The program has brought together top teenage players from across Europe for a chance to compete and train at the highest level. Silver says these players are seen as potential professionals.


But the program also teaches athletes how sports can be a tool for bringing people together. It will include a series of workshops for local Jewish and Arab children.


Silver says the goal is to grow interest in basketball and help develop young people around the world.