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Magic's Vucevic is enjoying his trip to South Africa

Immagine Nik Vucevic averaged 19.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game for the Orlando Magic during the 2014-15 regular season  By Josh Robbins Orlando Sentinel contact the reporter

No matter where you play basketball, whether it's in Orlando or in Johannesburg, South Africa, sinking a game-winning layup in double overtime evokes the same reaction: smiles and high-fives.

Nik Vucevic learned that lesson firsthand on Thursday.

Vucevic watched the play unfold from the sidelines, as he served as an assistant coach for a group of teenagers in a tiny Johannesburg gym.

When the layup went through the hoop, cheers reverberated off the walls. The Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried, an assistant coach alongside Vucevic, ran onto the court and did a celebratory chest-bump with a player. The Los Angeles C…

Viewer's Guide to NBA Africa Game


by Alec Nathan,Bleacher Report For the first time in league history, the NBA will play a game on African soil Saturday when Team World squares off against Team Africa in an exhibition contest in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In conjunction with Basketball Without Borders Africa, the two star-studded sides will compete to support several groups, including Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children's Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, according the official NBA press release.

Team World captain Chris Paul posted a video on Instagram providing a brief description of the event:

Before breaking down the two sides participating in Saturday's exhibition, here's a look at all the viewing information you need prior to tipoff.

Date: Saturday, August 1
Time: 9 a.m. ET

Past Controversy, Luol Deng Leading the NBA's Effort to Make History in Africa

By , NBA Senior WriterJul 29, 2015 It has always been about endurance, the endurance to overcome challenging childhood circumstances, the endurance to push the body past its common limits on the court. So it shouldn't be a surprise that, when Masai Ujiri is asked for a Luol Deng anecdote related to their shared tours of their native continent, the Toronto Raptors GM summons something that speaks to the Miami Heat forward's ability to overcome.
"I will never forget during the camps in Rwanda he was really, really sick," Ujiri, born in Nigeria, told Bleacher Report during the 2014-15 season. "He came from England, where he was with the national team, and he had been traveling so much. He was so sick, so sick, but he still woke up ear…

The NBA Makes Its Africa Debut

Immagine Posted July 29, 2015 by Samaan Ashrawi This Saturday, the NBA will hold its first ever exhibition game on the continent of Africa. Taking place at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, the sold-out game will pit Team Africa, led by South Sudan’s Luol Deng of the Miami Heat, against Team World, led by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The game will see NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Africa Managing Director Amadou Gallo Fall (Senegal), NBA “Global Ambassador” Dikembe Mutumbo (DRC), NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), as well as Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri (Nigeria) all in attendance.

The NBA, in its press release for the game, boasts that 35 African players have played in the league since Olajuwon arrived in Houston some 30+ years ago.

In the week leading up to the game, NBA players, coaches and legends are holding sessions on leadership and health and wellness for 59 of the top y…

Nba mercato, le 10 espressioni per capire la free agency

Da salary cap a sign-and-trade, ecco le parole-chiave che caratterizzano il mercato (1 luglio - 29 giugno 2015)

di SIMONE SANDRI, La Gazzetta dello Sport

NEW YORK - Il mercato dei free agent comincia alle 6:01 italiane di mercoledì, ma già da qualche giorno si parla di salary cap, free agent con o senza restrizioni, di massimo salariale e di tante altre parole chiave per seguire le trattative. Ecco le 10 espressioni fondamentali di cui conoscere il significato.

Salary cap — Il tetto salariale, cioè quanto una franchigia NBA può spendere in una stagione per il monte-ingaggi. Secondo le prime indiscrezioni, nel 2015-16 dovrebbe aggirarsi sui 67 milioni di dollari.

Restricted free agent — Un giocatore svincolato che può ricevere offerte da chiunque. La differenza tra un “Free Agent’ e un “Restricted” arriva dal fatto che quest’ultimo può essere trattenuto dalla squadra nella quale ha disputato l’ultimo campionato nel caso di pareggio (entro tre giorni) dell’offerta ricevuta (e accettata d…

Who is Bismack Biyombo?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Updated: June 16, 8:46 PM ET

By Chad Ford,

TREVISO, ITALY -- More than 100 NBA scouts and GMs pack into a tiny Italian gym at the adidas Eurocamp on a Saturday afternoon. All eyes are on Bismack Biyombo, the mysterious big man from the Congo. Biyombo is working out. He is alone on the court. Trying to prove himself again. Trying to show the world he's for real. 
Find out where Biyombo will land in the 2011 NBA draft. Clang. Clang. Clang. All is not going as planned. Biyombo is here to show the NBA world he deserves to be a lottery pick in the 2011 draft, which is less than two weeks away. Right now his audition seems more appropriate for a bricklayer. The more he misses, the more the NBA execs I'm sitting next to scribble in their books. After riding a six-month rise to fame during which he could seemingly do no wrong, Biyombo is stumbling at the wo…