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Gasol Brothers, Paul, Deng Headline First NBA Game in Africa

By John Burns, Associate Editor
July 17, 2015

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced the full rosters of the first NBA game in Africa, which will take place Aug. 1 at Ellis Park Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The sold out game will feature Team Africa vs. Team World and will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The game will air live in the U.S. at 9 a.m. EST on ESPN.

Team Africa will be comprised of team captain and two-time NBA All Star Luol Deng, Al-Farouq Aminu, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Boris Diaw, Gorgui Dieng, Festus Ezeli, Serge Ibaka and Luc Mbah a Moute.

“I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa,” Deng says.  “Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the Basketball without Borders Africa camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honored to be part of this historic event.”

Team World will be comprised of NBPA President and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul, Bradley Beal, Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Jeff Green, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Nikola Vucevic.

Five-time NBA champion Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa, while Lionel Hollins will coach Team World.

For more information, visit nba.com. — J.B.