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WATCH: Palace Players Meet Philadelphia 76ers Ahead Of NBA Match

9 January 2018

Mamadou Sakho, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Patrick van Aanholt and Jairo Riedewald spent Tuesday afternoon with members of the Philadelphia 76ers squad in Dalston, east London, ahead of the team’s NBA fixture against Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

60 teenagers involved in projects run by the Palace for Life Foundation and the Junior NBA Programme took part in an hour-long coaching session with NBA coaches, where they honed their passing, shooting and ball handling skills under the watchful eye of 76ers players Dario Saric, Robert Covington, TJ McConnell and Trevor Booker.

Watch how the guys got on in this exclusive Palace TV video below, or scroll through the images in the gallery above.

Van Aanholt was delighted to have the chance to take part in the session as a fan of NBA. The Dutchman said: "I'm a big basketball fan, I play NBA on PlayStation a lot and I watch a lot of the games on TV, but it's hard with the time delay, I have to record them!"

Of the event, he added: "It was a very helpful session, I really liked it, it was a good experience to have - very different from football. I really enjoyed it. For the kids this is a great experience, to inspire and help them."

The 76ers v Boston Celtics game at the O2 in London tips off at 20:00 GMT on Thursday, and UK viewers can tune in on BT Sport or the BT Sport Facebook page.

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