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The NBA Comes to Africa: Interview with the NBA’s Man in Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall

Akin Omotoso |Africa is a Country   in  ·
June 7, 2015

On August 1, the NBA will play its first game in Africa. The venue will be the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is significant given, as NBA.com reminded us last, at least “35 players from Africa have played in the NBA since hall of famer and two-time NBA Champion Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted in 1984.” Though the NBA has hosted events on the continent since 1993—coaching camps, outreach programs (NBA Cares has built 38 places to live, learn or play on the continent) — this is the first time they host an event of this magnitude on the continent.

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