With NBA summer league in the books and time before official team activities begin Coach Brad Stevens and Evan Turner crossed the ocean to promote the NBA in Africa last week. The pair spent time in Johannesburg, South Africa where they participated in the first NBA game on the continent of Africa. Stevens role was assistant coach to Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins. Evan Turner joined a Team World roster of NBA players including ex-Celtics forward Jeff Green, Chris Paul, Bradley Beal, Marc and Pau Gasol as well as a few others. They faced a Team Africa squad led by Luol Deng, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum.
The game was a spectacle and in the first half was similar to an All-Star game with entertainment and fun taking place of intensity. In the second quarter Team Africa brought out (of retirement) the big guns: Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon, both sporting their respective NBA jerseys, Mutombo #55 for the Denver Nuggets and Olajuwon #34 for the Houston Rockets. Each played for a few minutes, much to the excitement of the crowd and players at Ellis Park Arena. Even the normally stone-faced San Antonio Spurs and Team Africa head coach Gregg Popovich was smiling. Continue reading Celtics’ Brad Stevens and Evan Turner Join NBA Cast in Africa »