Even though the National Basketball’s (NBA) first-ever game in Africa was sold out in under an hour, basketball fans across the continent got front row seats to the match thanks to SuperSport’s live broadcast.
The exhibition match which took place on Saturday at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa, was broadcasted live on SS6 HD from 2.30pm(CAT).
The match, in support of various charity organisations across the continent, pitted Team Africa against Team World.
Captained by two-time NBA All Star Luol Deng of the Miami Heat, who was born in South Sudan, it was a homecoming of sorts for Team Africa players as they were born on the continent while some are second generation Africans.
The team featured Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; US; parents from Nigeria), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; parents from Nigeria), Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets; France; parents from Cameroon), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of Congo), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs; France; parents from Senegal), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal), Festus Ezeli (Golden State Warriors; Nigeria), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo), and Luc Mbah a Moute (Sacramento Kings; Cameroon).
Team World, comprised of players from the rest of the world, featuring team captain and eight-time NBA All Star Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers; US), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards; US), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets; US), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls; Spain), Jeff Green (Memphis Grizzlies; US), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics; US), Evan Turner (Boston Celtics; US) and Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).
The pictures below were taken at The Arena Bar and Lounge, Bishop Aboyade Cole, Victoria Island, Lagos during the the live screening of the NBA Africa Game played earlier yesterday at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg,South Africa, and broadcast live on SS6 HD from 2.30pm (CAT).