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NBA Africa Game 2015

NBA Africa Game 2015
1 2 3 4 Total
Team World 17 21 24 39 101
Team Africa 30 26 22 19 97
Date August 1, 2015
Venue Ellis Park Arena,
Johannesburg, South Africa
MVP Luol Deng
Chris Paul

The National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa Game 2015 is an exhibition basketball game was played on August 1, 2015 in Ellis Park Arena, which is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was the first NBA game to take place in Africa. It was contested between NBA players that were born in Africa or had parents born in the continent and players from the rest of the world.[1]

Contents

  • Rosters 1
    • Coaches and managers 1.1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3

Rosters

  • CAP^ Deng was the captain for Team Africa.[1]
  • CAP^ Paul was the captain for Team World.[4]
  • INJ^ Ibaka was unable to participate because of injury.[1]

Coaches and managers

San Antonio Spurs head coach, three-time NBA Coach of the Year, and five time NBA champion Gregg Popovich coached Team Africa, including his team's Boris Diaw. Mike Budenholzer, who was named Coach of the Year for the prior NBA season, and Monty Williams served as assistant coaches for the African side. Billy King, general manager for the Brooklyn Nets, held that position for Africa along with former NBA Executive of the Year, the Toronto Raptors' Masai Ujiri. Team World, on the other hand, was coached by Lionel Hollins and assistant Brad Stevens. They were managed by Spurs' general manager R. C. Buford.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Aminu was born in the United States, but his parents are from Nigeria.[2]
  2. ^ Although Antetokounmpo holds Greek nationality, his parents are from Nigeria.[2]
  3. ^ Batum holds French nationality, but his parents are from Cameroon.[2]
  4. ^ Diaw holds French nationality, but his parents are from Senegal.[2]
  5. ^ Although Deng holds British nationality, he was born in what is now South Sudan.[2]
  6. ^ Ibaka represents Spain in international competition, but he was born in Congo.[2]
  7. ^ Mohammed was born in the United States, but his parents were born in Ghana.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c Daniels, Tim. "NBA Africa Game 2015: Date, Venue, Rosters and More".  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Paul, Deng, Gasol brothers headline first NBA game in Africa".  
  3. ^ a b http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-08-01/dikembe-mutombo-hakeem-olajuwon-play-nba-africa-game-2015
  4. ^ a b Mahoney, Brian. "Popovich to coach, Gasols to play in NBA's 1st Africa game".  
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