Boston Celtics Forward Jaylen Brown To Play In NBA Africa Game In August
With the NBA hosting its second Africa Game there will be a few Boston Celtics connections.
Celtic Jaylen Brown will be one of the players participating in the event on August 5th in Johannesburg with the event supporting UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.
Jaylen will play on team world with Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, C.J. McCollum, Andre Drummond, Wilson Chandler, Courtney Lee, and Leandro Barbosa.
Team Africa features players born in Africa or who are second-generation African. That squad is captained by Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha and will be rounded out by Victor Oladipo, Dennis Schroder, Bismack Biyombo, Clint Capela, Gorgui Dieng, Serge Ibaka, Luc Mbah a Moute, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Salah Mejri. Joel Embiid, from Cameroon, is on the roster but won’t play because he is recovering from injury.
Boston will have another connection with trainer Ed Lacerte traveling with the NBA to Johannesburg.
The NBA made a statement in addition to announcing the rosters.
“Our return to Johannesburg this summer is part of the league’s continued commitment to bring the authentic NBA experience to fans around the world,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. “I would like to thank the NBPA for their participation and for being terrific partners on this game and surrounding events.”
This is the second NBA Africa Game with the first game being played in 2015 also in Johannesburg.