Lionel Hollins, Billy King to represent Nets in NBA Africa game
The NBA will be putting together a game in South Africa, playing Aug. 1. With the competition just around the corner, the Nets have announced two integral additions to the contest: Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins and general manager Billy King.
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The game will air on ESPN at 9 a.m. EST Aug. 1.
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The sold-out NBA Africa Game 2015 will feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format and will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, according to the league.
Brooklyn Nets’ Head Coach, Lionel Hollins will be leading Team World, along with Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens as assistant coach. Additionally, San Antonio Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford will be the Team World general manager and Keon Weise of the Orlando Magic will be the team’s athletic trainer.
“It’s a historic game,” Hollins said. “We’ve been going to Africa with ‘NBA without Borders’ for a number of years now and I think I’ve been over there four times; this will be my fifth time going.”
Team Africa’s roster will consist of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. More than 35 players from the continent of Africa have been featured on NBA rosters since Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted in 1984.
“I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa,” said team captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng of the Miami Heat.
“Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the ‘Basketball without Borders Africa’ camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honored to be part of this historic event.”