The NBA star is in Ghana on an invite by Kenny Andam, a person he (David) describes as a friend and a business partner for a six-day tour of the West African country. During his of the country, he is expected to inspire young Ghanaian basketball players to reach the highest level in this sports. He described his visit to Ghana as a dream come true, having identified himself as an indigene of this part of the world despite his American lineage.
Commenting on his move to San Antonio Spurs, David West said at this stage in his career, he wants to win and be part of the winning team.
“My decision to go to San Antonio was a simple decision, I have been playing basketball since I was 6 years old that’s almost 30 years of my life and at the end of the day it’s about winning. It’s about having the opportunity to win and to learn from some of the greatest minds in the game and to be in a winning environment and a culture that is all about winning. At this stage of my career I just want to be part of a winning organization, a winning group and having the opportunity to win late in the basketball season”.
He added that being dedicated, disciplined and believing in oneself during the formative years, guarantees success in the sport. And using himself as an example, he revealed that one of the key values that contributed to his success is that he never doubted his abilities and that he made conscious efforts regarding his eating habits.
“If you want to succeed as a basketball player, you have to be mentally independent, focused, disciplined and you should be dedicated to the sport on a daily basis, he said.
“You should also have a strong mental will growing up. The game has connected me to most parts of the world and people, I want to be participatory, hence the clinic here in Ghana.
“This visit certainly is the beginning of great things to happen to the sport. Eating right can make you develop well physically, that was what I did, and I believe Ghana can produce anything the world can produce,” he added.
A representative from the Ministry of Sport reiterated government's commitment to working with other stakeholders especially the private sector to make basketball and other less patronised sports more attractive.
Adidas ambassador Joey B was also present with other notable persons.