NBA Africa Game 2017 featuring Jaylen Brown, several former Celtics
If you haven't picked up your tickets yet, it's best you get them @TicketProSA! NBA Africa Game! @kwesesports @NBA_Africa 5 August 2017! pic.twitter.com/OtWAHIt1OU— Zaid Bassier (@ZaidBassier) July 13, 2017
Included on Team World is the Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, who will join former Celtics Leandro Barbosa, Courtney Lee and current Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte in Johannesburg, South Africa after the 15th iteration of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa to play Team Africa on August 5th, 2017, which is populated by NBA players from or born to parents from Africa.
Team Africa's full roster includes Luol Deng (South Sudan) and Thabo Sefolosha (South African parent) as captains, joined by Bismack Biyombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Clint Capela (Angolan and Congolese parents), Gorgui Dieng (Senegal), Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Serge Ibaka (Congo), Luc Mbah a Moute (Cameroon), Salah Mejri (Tunisia), Emmanuel Mudiay (Democratic Republic of Congo), Victor Oladipo (Nigerian parent) and Dennis Schroder (Gambian parent).
The 2017 NBA Africa Game is a little over a month away. The team captains for the game have been announced. https://t.co/HendoNwOZ7— Kwesé ESPN (@kwesesports) June 25, 2017
Team World's full roster in addition to Brown (USA), Barbosa (Brazil), and Lee (USA) consists of captains Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) and Kemba Walker (USA) plus Wilson Chandler (USA), DeMarcus Cousins (USA), Andre Drummond (USA), Kyle Lowry (USA), CJ McCollum (USA) and Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia).
Kristaps Porzingis will play for Team World in the NBA Africa Game https://t.co/TMxUshjKkZ #Knicks pic.twitter.com/2No0DrLZPt— Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) July 13, 2017
The absence of Canadian players in a league with a Canadian team is noteworthy. Perhaps in future editions, the event will consider adding a player like ex-Celtic Kelly Olynyk to Team World's roster for good measure.
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