NBA’s 1st Game in Africa Will Take Place in South Africa

Luol Deng of the Miami Heat during a game against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Arena Dec. 14, 2014, in Miami
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The NBA announced Wednesday that its first game in Africa will take place Aug. 1 in Johannesburg. The game, which will benefit various charities, will pit Team Africa against Team World and will feature the Miami Heat’s Luol Deng and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, according to the Huffington Post.

Deng, who was born in what is now South Sudan, will be the captain of Team Africa, and Team World will be led by Paul. Deng’s team will consist of players from various African countries as well as second-generation African players. Paul’s team will consist of players from the NBA and non-African nations around the world, according to CBS Sports.


Both Deng and Paul expressed excitement about the upcoming game.

“I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa,” said Deng in a statement.

“I cannot wait to contribute to the growth of the game on and off the court,” Paul said.

Paul and Deng will be joined by 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, according to HuffPost.

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