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The NBA will play its first game on African soil ever, as a team of first and second-generation African players take on a selection of global, non-African NBA players in an exhibition game in South Africa. Coaching the African team will be none other than Gregg Popovich. And the assortment of talent he has at his disposal is pretty staggering.
According to the NBA’s press release, the roster will consist of:
Luol Deng (Miami Heat; Great Britain; born in South Sudan), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; parents from Nigeria), Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets; France; parent from Cameroon), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs; France; parent from Senegal), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal), Festus Ezeli (Golden State Warriors; Nigeria), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo), and Luc Mbah a Moute (Sacramento Kings; Cameroon).
Whoa. That’s a pretty solid squad. In case you need any evidence the NBA game has gone global, look at that roster of just African players.
The Team World roster?
All-Star Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers; U.S.), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards; U.S.), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets; U.S.), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls; Spain), Jeff Green (Memphis Grizzlies; U.S.), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics; U.S.), Evan Turner (Boston Celtics; U.S.) and Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).
You know what? I like Team Africa here, especially under Pop’s leadership.
The game takes place August 1st in Johannesburg.