NBA to play exhibition game in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) The NBA will play an exhibition game Aug. 1 in South Africa.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that the Team Africa vs. Team World game will be played at Ellis Park Arena. It will support Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children's Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
NBPA President Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers will serve as Team World's captain and the Miami Heat's Luol Deng - born in South Sudan - will serve as Team Africa's captain.
NBA executives, coaches, general managers and former players also will also participate, including 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.