The NBA's ever-expanding global reach continued Thursday when the rosters were revealed for the NBA Africa Game, the league's first ever exhibition in the continent.
Headliners include former Bulls forward Luol Deng, eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul and Bulls center Pau Gasol, who all will participate in the Aug. 1 game at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Deng, a South Sudan native, will captain Team Africa, comprised of both players born in Africa and second-generation African players. Gregg Popovich will coach the team that also includes Al-Farouq Aminu, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Boris Diaw, Gorgui Dieng, Festus Ezeli, Serge Ibaka and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
Paul, the NBPA president, will captain Team World, which also includes Bradley Beal, Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Jeff Green, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Nikola Vucevic. Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins will coach the squad.
For Gasol, the two-time NBA champion said in a press release it was an easy decision to take part in the game.
"When I heard about the NBA Africa Game I jumped at the chance to participate," he said. "The continent of Africa has a special meaning for me through my foundation. I look forward to putting on a great show for the fans and taking part in activities in the local community."
NBA commissioner Adam Silver will attend the game, along with NBA global ambassador Dikembe Mutombo and NBA Africa ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon.