Team Africa: NBA to Play its First Game in Africa
The National Basketball Association, NBA, has announced that it will play its first ever game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The game will have a Team Africa vs. Team World format with Team Africa comprised of players from Africa and second generation African players, and Team World comprised of players from the rest of the world. Team Africa will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain while Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The game will benefit charities including the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation and will air live in Africa on SuperSport.
Full rosters of players, coaches and legends, along with ticket information will be announced at a later date.
Sidenote – more than 35 players from Africa have appeared in the NBA since Hall of Famer and two-time NBA champion Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 1984.