The National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa Game is coming back to South Africa on Saturday, August 4th at 5:00 pm CAT at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, With previous events in 2015 and 2017 sold out, this year’s edition is promising to be an even more exhilarating experience.
The NBA Africa Game 2018 will once again feature aTeam Africa vs. Team World format.
While last year Team Africa lost by a very narrow gap to Team World, this year’s lineup will be a boost on Team Africa as Cameroonian Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers player), who could not play last year due to an injury is back in full fitness to play for the team.
Joel Embiid an alum for Basketball Without Borders (BWB) is excited to get to ball on the continent, he had this to say.
“I was fortunate to participate in Basketball Without Borders Africa first as a camper and then last year as a coach. To play in the NBA’s third game in Africa is truly special to me, and I can’t wait to take the floor in front of our fans in Africa.”
Team Africa will also include 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), and Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012).
Team World is also equally ready to keep their winning streak from last year and headlining Team World is U.S player DeMar DeRozan who plays for the Toronto Raptors will be making his debut in the game and a first time visitor to the continent.
“I am proud to represent Team World in the third NBA Africa Game. Some of my teammates played in the previous two games, and I have heard a lot of great things about South Africa and our fans there. I’m looking forward to visiting the continent for the first time this summer.”
Full rosters of players, coaches and legends will be announced at a later date.
Tickets will be available online at Computicket or at Computicket's retail outlets in South Africa.
WHERE TO CATCH THE GAME ELSEWHERE
The NBA Africa Game 2018 will air live in sub-Saharan Africa on Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports 1, the Kwesé TV app, as well as Kwesé’s partner pay-TV and free-to-air channels.
CATCH AND SHARE THE ACTION ONLINEFor more information, fans can register at www.NBA.com/AfricaGame, visit www.NBA.com/Africa, and follow the NBA on Facebook (NBA Africa) and Twitter (@NBA_Africa). Use the hashtags #NBAAfricaGame to interact with other spectators who will be watching the game.
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