OAKLAND, Calif. – Sporting his No. 30 Stephen Curry jersey, 11-year-old Bjarki Robertsson kept up the pace. He hopped on his right foot, then his left, joining in a drill as part of the Golden State Warriors’ basketball camp.
Like the 3-point shooting star he so admires, Robertsson certainly connected from long distance. He participated far from the San Francisco Bay Area -- playing along from his father’s workplace, a small warehouse in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik.
The hoops-loving preteen had an advantage, too: His country has 24 hours of daylight right now, meaning he can attend camp and practice on his outdoor basket at home even with the seven-hour time difference.
“It’s amazing,” Robertsson said after a 75-minute session last week.
“He’s basically speechless,” added his mother, Maria.
“It’s unbelievable,” Warriors camp director Jeff Addiego said.
Former college player VeAnne Navarro led one station of the virtual workout, coaching from more than 4,000 miles away in Oakland. Robertsson confidently held his place in the group, which was the bottom left corner of a large video screen.
Chalk it up to another adjustment during the COVID-19 pandemic.