South Africa Rumors
The Portland Trail Blazers’ starting shooting guard will participate in NBA Africa Game 2017, the second exhibition matchup sponsored by the NBA in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game, scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome, will feature Team Africa vs. Team World in a matchup that will include players from across the NBA. McCollum will play on Team World, which also will include DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis and captains Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker, among others. They will face a team comprised of NBA players who are first-and second-generation Africans, including Luol Deng, Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka and Victor Oladipo.
Due to the timing of a February trade with Sacramento, Alvin Gentry spent only the final 7 1/2 weeks of the 2016-17 season coaching DeMarcus Cousins, but New Orleans’ third-year head coach will now get to spend additional time with the three-time All-Star this summer. As part of the 15th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa, Gentry and Cousins will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa in July, with the Pelicans big man expected to play in an Aug. 5 exhibition game. The game will be held at the Ticketpro Dome and is the second of its kind on the African continent.
The NBA will hold its second NBA Africa Game this summer in South Africa, it was announced Saturday. Team Africa will play Team World at Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on Aug. 5, the NBA and the NBPA confirmed.
These days, Lanier lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and travels for the NBA as needed. He also works out of the league’s New York office during various weeks of the year and is a staple at the league’s big events such as the All-Star Game and the NBA Finals. “I like to say that Bob came with the job when I started here in 2000,” said Kathy Behrens, president of social responsibility and player programs for the NBA. “We have traveled to South Africa a few times and we have had some incredibly moving events and experiences.”
The 52-year-old Olajuwon, in a Houston No. 34 jersey, pulled off a turn-around jumper — the “Dream Shake” — that had the current NBA stars leaping off the benches with their arms in the air. “That’s one of the most memorable experiences ever,” said the Clippers’ Chris Paul, one of the team captains. “I told Dream, if he’s still moving like that at his age now, I couldn’t imagine him in his day.”