Stevens, Smart, Turner to be in first NBA game in Africa


Celtics coach Brad Stevens won’t be the only member of the Celtics participating in the first NBA game in Africa next month.

In addition to Stevens, who will serve as an assistant coach, Marcus Smart and Evan Turner will be among the players to participate in the game Aug. 1 game at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The game will feature Team Africa vs Team World, which will be coached by San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Brooklyn’s Lionel Hollins, respectively. Stevens will be an assistant for Hollins. In addition, the sold-out matchup will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Team Africa’s roster will include Miami’s Luol Deng; Portland’s Al-Farouq Aminu; Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo; Nicolas Batum of Charlotte; Bismack Biyombo of Toronto; San Antonio’s Boris Diaw; Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng; Festus Ezeli of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors; Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka and Sacramento’s Luc Mbah a Moute.

Smart and Turner will play for Team World, which will be led by team captain Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers; Washington’s Bradley Beal; Denver’s Kenneth Faried; Marc Gasol of Memphis as well as his brother Pau of Chicago; and Nikola Vucevic of Orlando.

The team also includes former Celtic Jeff Green who now plays for Memphis.

The game can be seen 9 a.m. on ESPN.

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