As the NBA continues its push to grow the game on a global scale, the league announced that it will hold its first-ever exhibition game in Africa this summer.
“The NBA has worked hard to grow the game of basketball in Africa, and I am excited to take this next step of playing our first game on the continent,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, via official release. “Our players have been tremendous partners in this effort, and all of us look forward to sharing the authentic NBA experience and the values of our game with fans in Africa.”
Chris Paul and Luol Deng will serve as team captains, in what will be a Team World vs. Team Africa game format. The contest will take place Aug. 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Others scheduled to participate include 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins, Nets General Manager Billy King, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.