The league would not put the resources it has put into Africa over the last few years if it didn’t view it as a growth area. But that does not mean expansion, as is still the dream among many in Europe. There could be regular-season games in the future, but not until there are more arenas on the continent with the bells and whistles the league requires — suites, signage, you know the drill. (Saturday’s game was played in Ellis Park Arena, which seats 5,000.)
There were some empty seats at Saturday’s game; the English newspaper The Guardian speculated that some fans may have taken in the Soweto Derby soccer match which drew a sellout 94,000 in the nearby suburb. There is support for more games, including NBA regular-season games. But the talk has to be followed by construction cranes.
New Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu has committed to joining the Nigerian National Team after playing the NBA Africa game in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s head coach Will Voigt told HoopsHype. Nigeria is slated to compete at the Afrobasket next month. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Olympics.