Walker will help captain Team World along with Dirk Nowitzki, while Thabo Sefolosha and Luol Deng will be captains for Team Africa. This year’s exhibition will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the second of its kind, with the first occurring in 2015.
The game is played with the support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Organization, and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa. It will serve as a way to help expand the league’s outreach to the continent of Africa, where players such as former Hornets big man Bismack Biyombo and Festus Ezeli found the game of basketball and turned their talents into pro careers in the NBA.
While the game is the show piece for the summer, the league opened a basketball academy in Thies, Senegal last month to offer training for boys and girls at the U-18 and U-16 levels. According to VOA News, the academy will teach “education, leadership, character development and life skills,” in addition to basketball. The academy will start with 12 male athletes, with female athletes joining at a later time.
The NBA Africa game will take place on August 5th, and its unclear how accessible it will be to watch from home. Even though its an exhibition, its cool to see Walker headlining an event like this for the league.