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Lionel Hollins and Billy King to have starring roles in NBA Africa debut

Brooklyn Nets

Lionel Hollins and Billy King are expected to leave New York early next week for Johannesburg, South Africa, where both will play key roles in the first NBA game to take place on the continent of Africa August 1.  No Nets players are participating in the game.

Hollins will coach Team World while King will serve, along with Masai Ujiri of the Raptors, as general managers of Team Africa.  The game will take place August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. It's already sold-out. The game is sponsored by the NBA and its players union, the NBPA.

Hollins will direct the Gasol brothers, Chris Paul, Bradley Beal; Kenneth Faried, Jeff Green, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner. and Nikola Vucevic.

King's squad, drawn from those with African heritage, includes Luol Deng, Al-Farouq Aminu, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Boris DiawGorgui DiengFestus EzeliSerge Ibaka and Luc Mbah a Moute. Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa.

King is not exepcted to trade any of the players.

The game will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. It will air live in the US on ESPN at 9:00 a.m. ET and in Africa on SuperSport at 3:00 p.m. CAT.