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NBA Africa Game 2018: Everything you need to know

All you need to know about the 2018 NBA Africa Game.

What Is It, and When Is It Played?

Team Africa play Team World in the third NBA Africa Game at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria on Saturday, Aug. 4. The game, which tips off at 5pm (CAT), is being played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa, or with direct family ties to the continent, while Team World will feature players drawn from the rest of the world.

Who’s Playing

Team Africa

Team Africa will be coached by Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard.

Team World

Team World will be coached by Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina.

(* denotes team co-captain)

Where Can I Watch It?

Kwesé Free Sports (Sub-Saharan Africa), ESPN 2 (US), ESPN Deportes (US), ESPN (Latin America, Brazil, Caribbean and the Pac Rim).

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Pascal Siakam spoke about his role ahead of the NBA Africa match in Johannesburg.

History

2015: Team World defeated Team Africa 101-97 in the first NBA Africa Game, staged at Ellis Park Arena, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2017: Team World maintained their undefeated run, beating Team Africa 108-97 in the second NBA Africa Game at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.

NBA Africa Game 2018: The Best of ESPN’s coverage


Joel Embiid:: Real Madrid, Nelson Mandela, and giving back to Africa

Khris Middleton: “Looking at these kids and knowing that one of them could be the next Thon Maker or Giannis Antetokounmpo is great.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: So what does Africa mean to me? It means a hope for the future that white and black people can work together to restore the economic and political integrity of the continent as a real home and cultural home for blacks worldwide.

‘He has the swag’: Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo describes the experience of meeting former US president Barack Obama as “mind-blowing,” and complimented the politician’s “swag”.

‘The NBA is a business and we have to move on’: Toronto’s Pascal Siakam is in South Africa to play in his first NBA Africa game, and the Cameroonian was in a diplomatic mood when discussing the Raptors’ newsworthy offseason.

Will there be fireworks at NBA Africa? Eastern Conference rivals Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside are set to lock horns at the NBA Africa game in South Africa.

What to expect from Team Africa’s debutants? Five players will make their NBA Africa Game debut on Saturday, though none will be new to fans of the game.

Barnes excited to ‘spread the game of basketball’: Harrison Barnes tells Ohm Youngmisuk why he is heading to Africa for the first time as a member of Team World, which plays against Team Africa in the NBA’s third Africa Game on Aug. 4 in South Africa.

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Swin Cash shares her thoughts on Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe posing for the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, along with how basketball helped her fulfill her dreams.

Highlights from ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 NBA Africa Game

Dikembe Mutombo helps grow the game in Africa: The league ambassador works with Basketball Without Borders camp, NBA Africa game and more

NBA Africa VP Amadou Fall talks about growing the game in the continent: The Senegalese exec wants to increase the league’s influence – and he’s got big plans.

Cameroon Calling: More than a decade ago, Luc Mbah a Moute created a path, which Joel Embiid took and Pascal Siakam followed. This is the untold story of the rise of Cameroonian ball.

Hakeem Olajuwon impressed by today’s African NBA stars: Hakeem Olajuwon discusses the trail he blazed from Nigeria to NBA stardom, and the development of a pipeline that’s opened doors for African players such as Joel Embiid to fulfill their basketball dreams in the US.

The Greatest Story Ever Trolled: Joel Embiid has turned the Sixers’ famed process into performance art, and everyone is feeling merry and bright — for now.

That’s a Wrap: Review ESPN’s full and in-depth coverage of the 2017 NBA Africa Game.


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