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