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Gorgui Dieng to Participate in First NBA Africa Game

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The Wolves Center will be on the roster for the African Team in South Africa August 1st.

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The NBA along with the NBPA is staging their first Africa Game on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Wolves Center Gorgui Dieng will be one of the participants.

The game will feature a Team Africa, captained by Luol Deng and comprising first and second generation players of African descent, against a Team World, captained by Chris Paul and including non-African stars like the Gasol brothers, Kenneth Fareid, Marcus Smart, and others. Lionel Hollins will coach the World Team.

Team Africa will be coached by Gregg Popovich and in addition to Deng and Dieng, will include such stars as Serge Ibaka, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nicolas Batum, and others.

The event follows a Basketball Without Borders camp, an NBA program that brings players and coaches to countries throughout the world to teach the game to children and teens. Dieng, a native of Senegal, has been involved in BWB and improving the game in Africa both as an attendee, where he impressed in South Africa in 2009, leading eventually to his scholarship at Louisville, and since he became an NBA player, participating in BWB events and hosting a camp in his home country last summer.

The game, which will benefit various South African children's charities, will air on ESPN on August First at 8:00 am CDT.