Thu Aug 02 11:53am EDT
Doron Lamb remembers the feeling of walking among the stars as a child, seeing the players from the TV in real life on the court. A New York Knicks fan from Queens, N.Y., Lamb went to camps run by Larry Johnson, Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, "just chilling with them and playing them."
On Thursday, he was the star among children, hosting -- along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Darius Miller -- the John Calipari Basketball ProCamp.
"When I was little I went to the New York Knicks camp, so I'm used to those," Lamb said. "I was going crazy when I saw them, so I know how it feels when they see us out there. They love us a lot and they bleed blue, so I know it means a lot for us to be out on the court playing with them."
The three former Wildcats led the campers, ranging in age from 7 to 11, through drills and scrimmages for three and a half hours on Thursday.
"We came back for them," Miller said. "Show them support like they've shown for us since we've been here."
The three refereed some games and got in on the action for others -- with Kidd-Gilchrist taking a charge at one point.
"I'm a role model now," said Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. "That's what I take from being here."
While they enjoyed coming back to spend time on the campus they left a few months ago, they said they came back to give back -- something they remember feeling as a kid years ago.
"We mainly came back for the kids," Lamb said. "Just to show support and be there for the kids. Show our face and be active on the court with them. Just make sure they feel happy."