Luol Deng and Chris Paul will headline the NBA’s first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1st at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.
I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa. I always try to work my summer schedule around NBA Africa to get involved with their projects where I’m really excited about this exhibition game. It’s great to have Chris Paul involved where events like this will really help to continue to grow the game in Africa. – Luol Deng
Deng will lead Team Africa against Team World, captained by eight-time All Star Paul. The exhibition game will also feature NBA Coaches Gregg Popovich, Lionel Hollins, Brad Stevens, Monty Williams, and also recently awarded Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks. General Managers Billy King and Masai Ujiri as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver are also confirmed to be in attendance.
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. Olajuwon, who is from Nigeria, is an NBA Africa ambassador, and fellow great Dikembe Mutombo of Congo is an NBA global ambassador where both legends will also attend the exhibition game, which will benefit charities including the foundation of the late Nelson Mandela.
The event is an amazing way to celebrate NBA Africa and we can’t wait to be involved with such an historic event. You can get involved by using the #NBAAfricaGame on Twitter.