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    Oladipo, Schroder for NBA Africa Game


    ’Tana Aiyejina

    The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association on Thursday announced  the full rosters for the NBA Africa Game 2017, the league’s second game in Africa, which will take place on August 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The NBA Africa Game 2017, which takes place following the 15th BWB Africa, will  feature a Team Africa versus Team World  in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.

    Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo, Hawks’ Dennis Schroder, Raptors’  Kyle Lowry and Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks were the latest names on the list of the high-profile game. Oladipo, a US citizen with a Nigerian father, and German Schroder, who has a parent from The Gambia, will represent Team Africa while Lowry and Porzingis will feature for Team World.

    Team Africa, comprises players born in Africa and second-generation African players, who will  be led by captains South Sudanese Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers) and Thabo Sefolosha, an 11-year NBA veteran,  who was born in Switzerland to South African parents.

    Other members of the African team are DR Congo duo Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets) and Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic), Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (Swiss citizen with parents from Angola and Congo), Senegalese Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves), Cameroonians Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with the LA Clippers), Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka (Congo) and Tunisian Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks).

    Team World have German Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks) and American Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) as captains.  Others are Brazilian Leandro Barbosa, Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Wilson Chandler (Nuggets), DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Courtney Lee (New York Knicks) and CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers).

    The first NBA game on the continent, took place August 1, 2015 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.  There are more than 70 current or former NBA players from Africa or with ties to the continent, including NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Dikembe Mutombo, both of whom played in NBA Africa Game 2015.

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