May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Watson (32) dribbles during a game against the Miami Heat in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Watson, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee Host New Jersey Basketball Camps

C.J. Watson has been working with kids in New Jersey at a basketball camp, joining players including the Brooklyn Nets’  Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee in helping children in the tri-state improve their games.

The players have each had their own camps for Hoop Heaven, and the kids in the Garden State have enjoyed a several-week run of playing alongside some of the best players in the world. Watson formerly played for the Nets, so that is presumably his connection to the activities.

Watson shared a group photo on Instagram.

Earlier it was Brook Lopez who brought some joy to the youth, as only a goofball, comic-obsessed giant can.

Though it looks like the Mason Plumlee campers may have had the best time.

They got to watch Mason, the brother of former Pacer Miles Plumlee, jump over someone while dunking, make a half-court shot to a raucaus celebration, and judge them in a low-rim dunk contest.

As self-described on Twitter, Hoop Heaven is “New Jersey’s largest and well known chain of basketball facilities running the state’s largest youth leagues, top tournaments and great camps.”

Growing up in New Jersey isn’t for most, but, hey, if it comes with opportunities like this then maybe it’s not all bad. (I kid, Jersey. I kid. Mostly.)

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