网络赚钱是真的吗 www.daz0.com.cn On the eve of the All-Star Game, the NBA announced one of its most ambitious projects in years: the formation of the Basketball Africa League.
The NBA will partner with FIBA, the international governing body for the sport, to form the 12-team league, which is expected open January 2020.
There are already several professional teams across Africa, but this league will attempt to unify them into one place while providing financial support, resources and training.
There will be qualifying tournaments held to determine which teams make the league with the nations of Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia likely to be represented.
The NBA and FIBA's involvement will include financial support and resources toward continued growing of the game on the continent, as well as providing training for players, coaches and referees and some infrastructurefor the new league.
Former President Barack Obama, an avid basketball fan, is expected to have hands-on involvement with league as well.
I've always loved basketball because it's about building a team that's equal to more than the sum of its parts. Glad to see this expansion into Africa because for a rising continent, this can be about a lot more than what happens on the court.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he was excited that Mr Obama wanted to have a role in the initiative, and said talks between the NBA and the former president are ongoing.
He is expected to be "directly involved" with Basketball Africa League, although quite what role he will take remains unclear.
"It's a big celebration. It is a dream come true for all of us," Mutombo, a Democratic Republic of the Congo native and Basketball Hall of Famer, told The Undefeated.
"I was fortunate enough to play this game and dreamed of something like this happening in the continent. Today, we see that. I don't have to explain the importance of it to myself.