Plans are set for a special NBA game billed as the league’s first game to be played in Africa. ESPN and the NBA took the wraps off details for NBA Africa Game 2015, set to be aired Saturday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.
The exhibition will take place at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In addition to coverage on ESPN, the game will be carried on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN, with ESPN2 airing a rebroadcast later in the day on Aug. 1.
Marc Kestecher of NBA on ESPN Radio will provide commentary on ESPN, along with analyst Doris Burke of “NBA on ESPN.”
The game will pit a team of NBA players from Africa, along with second-generation African players, against a team made up of NBA players from the rest of the world, including the U.S.
Among the players on the roster for Team Africa are Luol Deng (captain), Al-Farouq Aminu, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo and Boris Diaw. The team is coached by Gregg Popovich.
Chris Paul captains Team World, with a roster that also includes Bradley Beal, Trey Burke, Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Jeff Green. Lionel Hollins is the coach.