NBA’s Africa Game returns to South Africa

Feb 3, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng (9) controls the ball while Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (7) defends during the first half at TD Garden. 

National Basketball Association (NBA) players will return to South Africa in August to participate in the third NBA Africa Game, officials said on Saturday.

The game, scheduled for Aug. 4, will match Team Africa against a world team.

It will honor the centenary of the birth of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013. It will be played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, officials said.

The contest, a partnership of the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, follows successful Africa Games in 2015 and 2017.

Players nominated to take part in the game will be announced at a later date.

The 2017 game featured African-born and second-generation players with Luol Deng from South Sudan, who plays for Los Angeles Lakers, and Thabo Sefolosha  of Utah Jazz, from South Africa, serving as captains for the continent team.

Team World was led by Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas Mavericksand Kemba Walker of Charlotte Hornets.