Manitoba

West End rec centre's revamped basketball court unveiled

Some big names from the basketball world were in Winnipeg on Tuesday evening for the unveiling of a new court in a West End recreation centre.
Basketball stars help unveil a refurbished basketball court at Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre in Winnipeg's West End. 1:17

Some big names from the basketball world were in Winnipeg on Tuesday evening for the unveiling of a new court in a West End recreation centre.

NBA Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who was part of the U.S. "Dream Team" at the 1992 Olympics, and Chris "Handles" Franklin of the Harlem Globetrotters joined dignitaries from the City of Winnipeg and the Manitoba government for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre.

Players with the Minnesota Timberwolves and members of the team's dance pack were also on hand, as were dozens of children from the community.

The renovated gymnasium at the Langside Street recreation centre boasts a new basketball court, with backboards, wall pads, a table-top scoreboard and timer, a shot clock, and some new basketballs.

Manitoba Lotteries and NBA Cares, the league's charity, paid for the court upgrades, which cost about $15,000.