ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes Combine to Exclusively Televise NBA Africa Game 2018 in English & Spanish


ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes Combine to Exclusively Televise NBA Africa Game 2018 in English & Spanish

ESPN2 will serve as the exclusive English-language home of NBA Africa Game 2018 on Friday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. ET. Additionally, ESPN Deportes will exclusively televise the event in Spanish, simultaneously. The game emanates from Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa. It marks the third NBA Africa Game overall and the second game to be televised by ESPN.

ESPN NBA play-by-play voice Ryan Ruocco will provide commentary for NBA Africa Game 2018 alongside analyst Seth Greenberg on ESPN2. On ESPN Deportes, Robert Abramowitz and Pablo Viruega will handle the call. The game will also stream via the ESPN App.

ESPN will also televise NBA Africa Game 2018 across its platforms in several international locations, including Latin America (South America, Brazil, Central America and Mexico), the Caribbean and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands). The game will also air on KweseESPN in Sub-Saharan Africa.

NBA Africa Game 2018 features a Team Africa vs. Team World format. Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, and Team World will be composed of players from the rest of the world. The current rosters are below:

Team Africa Team World
Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers) Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)
Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets) John Collins

(Atlanta Hawks)

Luol Deng

(Los Angeles Lakers)

Danilo Gallinari

(LA Clippers)

Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans) Rudy Gay

(San Antonio Spurs)

Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) JaVale McGee

(Los Angeles Lakers)

Evan Fournier

(Orlando Magic)

Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Serge Ibaka

(Toronto Raptors)

Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks)
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder) Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat)
Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards) Marvin Williams

(Charlotte Hornets)

Pascal Siakam

(Toronto Raptors)

Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard will coach Team Africa, while Team World will be coached by San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina.


Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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