“JOHANNESBURG — There was a game scheduled Saturday, a historic and perhaps groundbreaking one, the first involving NBA players in Africa, a continent heavy on promise and light on experience and exposure to basketball.
But first came the game before the game. And this one was far more competitive.
Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo, the greatest players Africa ever produced, were asked by league organizers to come out of retirement and make a cameo in the exhibition. Olajuwon is a Hall of Famer and Mutombo will be enshrined next month. They would suit up for Team Africa, a squad of players with African blood, against Team World. Their jerseys, along with one belonging to the late Manute Bol, hung ceremoniously in the rafters above the court inside the arena. Therefore: A simple and brilliant request, right?”
First Game Played In Africa Involving NBA Players