The excitement is buzzing and NBA fans from all over the world await the annual NBA Africa Game, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 4 at 5:00 pm CAT at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa.
The halftime show is going to be lit
This week it was announced that Cassper Nyovest would headline this year’s edition for the halftime show. NBA Africa announced the news on social media and the fomo has spread across social media with people expressing their excitement towards Casspers performance. Trust us when we say get your tickets as previous editions have been sold out, click here to buy a ticket.
The final Team roster
The final roster of players who are jetting into South Africa is out as well, the roster features both Team Africa and Team World players.
Here's the final list:
Representing the motherland Team Africa will be Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers; South Sudan) and Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards; France; parent from Benin) Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria), Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic; France; parent from Algeria), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors; Republic of the Congo), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder; France; parent from Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012). Team Africa will be coached by Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard.
Team World which includes the international players will include the likes of John Collins (Atlanta Hawks; U.S.), JaVale McGee (Lakers; U.S.), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.) and Marvin Williams (Hornets; U.S.) are joining Team World, which already includes Harrison Barnes (Mavericks; U.S.), Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; U.S.), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.)*, and Hassan Whiteside (Heat; U.S.). Team World will be coached by Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina (Italy).
What makes this game awesome? Everything!
The event will not only be lit and be celebrity-studded, but the NBA also gives back with the ballers dedicating time to participate in the events that support charities. In honour of the centenary of Nelson Mandela, the game will be played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation as well.
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