1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

Team Africa vs Team World- NBA Exhibition Game in Africa

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by ferrari77, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. ferrari77

    ferrari77 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2006
    Messages:
    9,121
    Likes Received:
    1,197
    Probably should have been Team World vs Team America. (Unless the NBA is planning to have Joakim and Nik Batum play for Team Africa).
    Plus Thabo Sefolosha is injured and can't play in his father's country so that sucks for him.

     
  2. da_juice

    da_juice Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2009
    Messages:
    9,315
    Likes Received:
    1,066
    I'm glad the NBA is doing more outreach globally, basketball may never be as popular as soccer- but it surely can be the "global second".
     
  3. Juxtaposed Jolt

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    15,370
    Likes Received:
    6,740
    I get that it's to showcase Africa and African players, but what were they thinking? Team Africa is going to be decimated by Team World.

    I can't even think of that many African players in the NBA. Deng, Ibaka...

    (and from Wiki) Dieng, Aminu, Ezeli...who else?
     
  4. joeson332

    joeson332 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2014
    Messages:
    6,635
    Likes Received:
    2,596
    maybe they can let reitred players play and let Mutombo and Olajuwon go to work? :cool:
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. tmactoyao

    tmactoyao Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    10,467
    Likes Received:
    6,431
    i think iggy is half nigerian, but he plays for team USA. lol they should get that guy from Nigeria that broke Harden's ankles
     
  6. ferrari77

    ferrari77 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2006
    Messages:
    9,121
    Likes Received:
    1,197
    Joakim Noah, Nic Batum and Ian Mahinmi consider themselves part African. (All have fathers from West Africa). Also, Thabo Sefolosha as I mentioned, but he is out injured. Arinze Onuaku who got called up to the Twolves is Nigerian-American.

    For sure though, it should have been Team World vs Team America and that would also have been a good way to test such a format out for a possible future ASG.
     
    #6 ferrari77, Apr 22, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2015
  7. ferrari77

    ferrari77 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2006
    Messages:
    9,121
    Likes Received:
    1,197
    Dude I seriously think that it is already(informally at least) the global second sport after Soccer.

    Whats funny to me though is that there are way more African players(2nd generation at least) that play in the NFL (large rosters helps in that regard) but the NFL is so focused on England and Europe in general that they do ZERO w/regards to outreach in Africa. That's part of why the NBA is so successful globally. They reached out to every area and they took advantage of the African stars they had/have(from Manute, Dream and Dikembe to Ibaka and Luol Deng right now).
    Unreal to me how the NFL doesn't seem to get it but whatever I guess, they're still the #1 in North America and will eventually be #5 in England.
     
  8. hashmander

    hashmander Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2006
    Messages:
    1,378
    Likes Received:
    495
    there is no can be, it already is. what they need to is just make small steps towards closing that gigantic gap between first and second.
     
  9. JuanValdez

    JuanValdez Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 1999
    Messages:
    31,257
    Likes Received:
    8,126
    I think its a good format, even if Team Africa gets trounced. Africans will appreciate it, which is kinda the point. And, the best players with African ties will feel a compunction to play whereas many of the best non-African players will beg off. So it'll be Deng, Ibaka, etc, vs. Paul and role-players. And no one is going to be going at it very hard anyway, so the game can't get too lopsided.
     
  10. ferrari77

    ferrari77 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2006
    Messages:
    9,121
    Likes Received:
    1,197
    Rosters are out.

    Major props to CP3 and the Gasol brothers for participating in this, as well as Coaches-Pops, Budz, Monty, Lionel and Brad Stevens.

    I'm surprised given the lack of quality guards on the teams for this game, Dame Lillard wasn't begging to play in it (much like he did for the NBA ASG this year)

     
  11. SamFisher

    SamFisher Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2003
    Messages:
    48,606
    Likes Received:
    15,192
    interesting to see Giannis Antetokoumpo has more or less dropped the pretense that he is Greek.

    [clyde]And things just keep getting worse, for the Greeks, heh heh.[/clyde]
     
  12. malakas

    malakas Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2014
    Messages:
    18,867
    Likes Received:
    12,694
    yeah that's why one day later he will join the Greek NT team.
    Get your xenophobic hatred out of this thread. IDIOT.
     
  13. malakas

    malakas Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2014
    Messages:
    18,867
    Likes Received:
    12,694
    Surprised that Oladipo won't be there since he's second generation and they needed a guard.
     
  14. FTW Rockets FTW

    FTW Rockets FTW Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    27,724
    Likes Received:
    21,379
    Team Africa in a clear sweep 4-0
     
  15. Jontro

    Jontro Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2010
    Messages:
    26,783
    Likes Received:
    8,482
    I think they misspelled "Team African-American vs World"
     
  16. Juxtaposed Jolt

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    15,370
    Likes Received:
    6,740
    Pop easily takes that Team Africa team to a CF, regardless of East or West.
     
  17. mig0s

    mig0s Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Messages:
    3,864
    Likes Received:
    646
    Team Africa is actually pretty good. Will wipe this team USA
     
  18. ferrari77

    ferrari77 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2006
    Messages:
    9,121
    Likes Received:
    1,197
    Chill man, I think he was just joking. Either way it's good Giannis can still acknowledge his roots even if playing for Greece.

    I'm very surprised by this too, especially since there's no indication he'll be playing for Nigeria at the AfroBasket championships this summer, so he has nothing keeping him from appearing at this Exhibition game.

    I still think it should've been Team World vs Team America so they could add some European guards like Rubio or Schroeder to the team of Africans since there are a greater number of quality African (or 2nd generation African)bigs than quality African guards in the NBA..
     
  19. jbasket

    jbasket Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Messages:
    4,361
    Likes Received:
    1,184
    According to half of CF, Pop is as valuable as Lebron, so this should be an easy wrap for Team Africa.
     
  20. SamFisher

    SamFisher Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2003
    Messages:
    48,606
    Likes Received:
    15,192
    I wonder if Greek gets kicked of the EU if he'd play for Nigeria instead.
     
Loading...

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now