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NBA to Play First Exhibition Game on the African Continent in August

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The NBA will play its first basketball game in Africa August 1.
The NBA will play its first basketball game in Africa August 1.

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from Target Market News

(TriceEdneyWire.com) — The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association has announced that the NBA’s first exhibition game on the African continent will be played August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice President of Development for NBA in South Africa, Fikile Mbalula, South Africa’s Minister of Sport and Recreation, and Patrick S. Gaspard, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, made the announcement during an April 22nd  news conference in Johannesburg.

Proceeds from the game between Team Africa and Team World will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Team Africa players are second- generation players, and Team World teams are comprised of players from the rest of the world. The game will air live in Africa on SuperSport.

Eight-time NBA All-Star and NBPA President Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers is Team World’s captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng of the Miami Heat will serve as Team Africa’s captain. Deng was born in South Sudan.

NBA executives, coaches, general managers and legends will also participate.

They are:  2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets Coach Lionel Hollins, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri and New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams.

Full rosters of players, coaches and legends, along with ticket information will be announced later.

 

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