Luol Deng is doing his part to aid in the NBA's global expansion while also benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children's Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Deng and guard Chris Paul are headlining the NBA’s first ever exhibition game in Africa. The game will be played at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 1st and will pit Team Africa against Team World, which will be captained by eight-time All Star Chris Paul.
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves) have all signed on to play in the exhibition game - the first ever to take place in Africa.
"I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa. I always try to work my summer schedule around NBA Africa to get involved with their projects where I’m really excited about this exhibition game. It’s great to have Chris Paul involved where events like this will really help to continue to grow the game in Africa. – Luol Deng"
The exhibition game will also feature NBA Coaches Gregg Popovich, Lionel Hollins, Brad Stevens, Monty Williams, and Mike Budenholzer. General Managers Billy King, (another former Duke Blue Devil) and Masai Ujiri. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will also be in attendance. More player participants will be announced for the event in the coming days.
Luol Deng was born in Wau, Sudan where his family were forced to immigrate to neighboring country Egypt to escape the 2nd Sudanese civil war. At the age of 14, Deng moved to the United States to attend Blair Academy in New Jersey and after graduation attended Duke University before being drafted 7th in the 2004 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns.