The NBA will host its third game in Africa, in honor of Madiba

Not too long ago, we reported that Jay Z and Beyoncé will be headlining the Global Citizens festival in South Africa, in honor of Nelson Mandela later this year. Now the NBA Africa Game 2018, the NBA’s third game on the continent, will take place on Saturday, August 4 at Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria at 5:00 pm CAT.

“We are deeply honored to be a part of the centennial celebration of President Mandela’s birthday,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Our third NBA Africa Game and 16th Basketball Without Borders Africa camp will embody one of the most enduring parts of his legacy, which is the belief that sports have the power to inspire and change the world.”

The 2018 game will feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format. Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, and Team World will be composed of players from the rest of the world.

Team Africa will include:

  • Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011)
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria)
  • Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali)
  • Evan Fournier (Magic; France; parent from Algeria)
  • Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors; Republic of the Congo)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (76ers; France; parent from Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012)

Team World will include:

  • Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.)
  • Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers; Italy; BWB Europe 2003)
  • Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; U.S.)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.)
  • Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat; U.S.).

 

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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