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Johannesburg to host top exhibition basketball match
- Updated: April 23, 2015
Big-time basketball comes to South Africa later this year when the American NBA stages a star-studded exhibition game.
Johannesburg will be the venue for the 1 August fixture after the NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced details for its first exhibition in Africa.
South Sudan born Luol Deng of the Miami Heat will lead Team Africa against a Team World, captained by Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
Venue for the game will be the Ellis Park Arena.
According to an AP report, basketball is more popular in West Africa than southern Africa, but South Africa’s main cable TV network shows live NBA games, and the NBA has visited the country regularly recently to hold training camps and charity events. The NBA opened an office in South Africa in 2010.
The NBA said it’ll also bring over coaches for the game, including coach of the year Mike Budenholzer of Atlanta.