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Mutombo rocks Nuggets throwback in Africa

The first-ever NBA exhibition game in Africa was held on Saturday, with the Nuggets getting representation from players past and present. The crowd roared early and often at Ellis Park Arena in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, as the exhibition game pitted “Team World,” led by Chris Paul, against the home team, “Team Africa,” led by Luol Deng. In the second quarter of...
Via Mile High Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Evan Turner reps Ohio State after NBA Africa game

This morning, many sports fans were surprised to turn on ESPN and see a number of NBA superstars playing an all-star game in Johannesburg, South Africa. The first ever NBA Africa game pitted “Team World,” which featured Chris Paul, the Gasol brothers, Bradley Beal, Kenneth Faried, and others against a stacked “Team Africa” squad with Luol Deng, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nicolas...
Via College Spun
2 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Chris Paul and his wife post Instagrams from South Africa

Chris Paul is currently in South Africa for the NBA's event, which will include a game played Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET, broadcast on ESPN.Clearly, Paul (and the rest of the players in the game, which includes Nikola Vucevic, Luol Deng and others) is there for more than just basketball. Sight-seeing is a must. It's not like he's just in South Africa everyday.He and his wife have...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Popovich among coaches, players talking basketball in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived. Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about a trip he recommended the Spaniard take to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities. Gregg Popovich is planning a safari and a tour...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Popovich among coaches, players talking basketball in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived. Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about a trip he recommended the Spaniard take to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities. Gregg Popovich is planning a safari and a tour...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA in Africa: Visiting Mandela's house and planning safaris

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived. Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about Gasol's trip to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities. Gregg Popovich is planning a safari. As he said, ''If you come all this way...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Aiming To Play Regular Season Game In Africa

The NBA would like to play a regular season game on the continent of Africa in the near future. Adam Silver and 20 top NBA players, led by Chris Paul and Luol Deng, are in Johannesburg for an exhibition game Saturday featuring Team World versus Team Africa. The NBA would first play a preseason game.
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Silver hints at NBA regular-season game in Africa

JOHANNESBURG -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent. Silver didn't give an exact time frame but said Thursday in South Africa that a pre-season and, ultimately, a league game was the aim, with the NBA on a "fast track" to build its brand in soccer...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned,' for regular-season game

JOHANNESBURG (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says ''stay tuned'' for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent. Silver didn't give an exact time frame but said Thursday in South Africa that a pre-season and, ultimately, a league game was the aim, with the NBA on a ''fast track'' to build its brand in...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat Offseason: Love It/Like It/Hate It

(March 15, 2015 – Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America) By Nekias Duncan: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… The Miami Heat have had one of the best summers among the NBA teams, and are primed to have a major bounce-back season. Coming off an injury-filled failure of a 2014-15 campaign, the Heat did a very solid job of beefing up their roster. They first drafted Justise Winslow...
Via HoopStuff
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat News: Heat Waive Forward Henry Walker

The Miami Heat fire sale has continued deep into Monday afternoon. Just hours after it was announced that Zoran Dragic had been traded to the Boston Celtics for a draft pick, the Heat have announced that forward Henry Walker has been waived. OFFICIAL: The @MiamiHEAT have waived F Henry Walker – http://t.co/tjcrltVPaz — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 27, 2015 Walker had been...
Via Heat Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What Can We Expect from the Heat’s Newcomers in the 2015-16 Season?

There is little doubt that the Miami Heat hit a few home runs this offseason. While many teams regressed or remained stagnant, the Heat simply got better. Outside of bringing back Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Goran Dragic, Miami made several big additions that have catapulted them from Eastern Conference afterthought to NBA Finals contender. It all started with the selection of Justise...
Via Heat Nation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Luol Deng to captain Team Africa in NBA's first game in Africa

New York -- Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa with captain Luol Deng, while brothers Pau and Marc Gasol will play for Team World in the NBA's first game in Africa, according to the Associated Press.Popovich, the five-time champion from the San Antonio Spurs, will guide Team Africa in the Aug. 1 game in Johannesburg, the league announced Thursday. He will be assisted on the bench...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup announced for NBA Showcase in Africa

Before the Boston Celtics visit Italy, Spain and Mexico later this year, three members of the C’s organization also will be making a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the NBA Africa Game 2015. Celtics guard Marcus Smart and swingman Evan Turner will play in the showcase as members of Team World, and coach Brad Stevens will serve as an assistant on the squad under...
Via NESN.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Levien Acting As Unofficial Advisor To Ranadive

Jason Levien has become an unofficial advisor to Vivek Ranadive. Levien was formerly an assistant general manager with the Sacramento Kings under Geoff Petrie and later became CEO of the Memphis Grizzlies. Levien was previously a player agent, representing Luol Deng, Kevin Martin and Omri Casspi, amongst others.
Via RealGM
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Miami Heat Are Now Top Dogs in the East

The Miami Heat have had one heck of an offseason. It started with the surprise selection of Duke University’s Justise Winslow with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. It continued with the opt-in and re-signings of key players such as Luol Deng, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic. More recently, Pat Riley has pulled off two absolute steals in signing veteran free agents Amar’e...
Via Heat Nation
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat Offseason Report Card

The beginning of the 2015 NBA offseason presented many questions for the Miami Heat and their fan base. With what seemed like a roster in flux, many Heat fans were uncertain of what the near future had in store. Would Dwyane Wade leave? Would Goran Dragic resign? Would Luol Deng opt out of his player option to test the free agent market? These are some of the questions Heat fans...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
20 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Miami Heat dominated the offseason

About ten days ago, when (verbal) free agency began, the Miami Heat looked to be a shaky playoff contender. They had veterans Chris Bosh and Luol Deng on the books for a little over $30 million. The Miami Heat had to pony up near-maximum contracts to convince Heat legend Dwyane Wade and former All-NBA 3rd Team PG Goran Dragic to return. The Heat still have Hassan Whiteside, the steal...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat: Five Possible Trade Scenarios for Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen

Finding a way to fashion a respectable roster while using up its salary cap money on just four players is a predicament the Miami Heat finds itself in as it gets set to prepare for the 2015-16 season. The quartet of Chris Bosh ($22.million), Dwyane Wade ($20 million), Goran Dragic ($18 million) and Luol Deng ($10 million) will provide the top-heavy portion of the 2015-16 Heat roster...
Via Heat Nation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Heat looking for shooters, interested in Marcus Thornton, Gerald Green

Just because the Miami Heat managed to re-sign Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Goran Dragic doesn't mean that the offseason is over. The obvious moves are out of the way, sure. But if Pat Riley is to return the Heat to championship contention sooner than later, Miami needs to nail the little moves in the margins to fill out the roster.And with the way the NBA is shifting, the Heat are...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Best Available Three-Point Shooters the Miami Heat Could Sign This Offseason

The Miami Heat have essentially filled out their main rotation for the upcoming season. Barring a couple of trades that could still happen within the next few weeks, the Heat’s starting lineup will feature Hassan Whiteside, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic. It is the lineup that Pat Riley had envisioned when he acquired Dragic at the trade deadline last February...
Via Heat Nation
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat: Four reasons why they can be 2016 Champions.

With the recent reports of re-signing of Goran Dragic (5-year, $90 million) and Dwyane Wade (1-year, $20 million) and Luol Deng opting in to his player option ($10 million), the Miami Heat has succeeded in its major offseason goals. The crucial question now is if this starting lineup, which will be paid in excess of $67 million alone, can realistically deliver a third championship...
Via isportsweb.com
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Goran Dragic 'basically a lock' to re-sign with Heat

As the Dwyane Wade situation slowly unfolds in Miami, the Heat are taking care of business on the rest of the team's free agency fronts.Luol Deng has already decided to be back in the fold next season, and free agent point guard Goran Dragic could be right behind him. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that while Wade's return is "not as lock-y as we thought," "the expectation leaguewide...
Via Fox Sports
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Luol Deng Makes Surprising Decision to Exercise Option for 2015-16 Season

Miami Heat forward Luol Deng shocked pretty much everyone by exercising his $10.1 million option for the 2015-16 season prior to midnight deadline Tuesday morning. To Heat's own surprise … Luol Deng has decided to stay with Miami. Another break for the Heat after getting Winslow on draft night — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2015 Deng, 30, signed a two-year, $19.9...
Via Sportsnaut
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Heat News: Luol Deng Exercises Player Option to Remain with Heat for 2015-16

In a surprsing move that was in stark contrast to reports earlier today, the Sun Sentinel is reporting that Miami Heat forward Luol Deng will opt in for the 2015-16 season. Media reports from both WPLG and a tweet from ESPN’s Marc Stein had indicated that Deng was expected to enter the free agent market, but Deng’s agent Herb Rudoy first told the Heat before then telling the...
Via Heat Nation
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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