It’s a long way off, but don’t be surprised if
the next destination for an NBA exhibition game is the African continent.
Amadou Gallo Fall, formerly the Mavericks’ chief of
international scouting and a well-respected voice on the growth of the game
globally, now works for the NBA at its newly opened office in Johannesburg,
Fall has been visiting the Mavericks the last few days and
will head to Europe for preseason games in London and Paris next month.
He said he’s starting to get the ball rolling for a
preseason game or set of games in Africa.
“That’s the long-range goal,’’ Fall
said today. “I’m going to Europe for the games there this year and
maybe we can get everybody thinking about games in Africa.
Fall estimates that it’s probably two years away from
becoming reality, but it’s the next logical step in the league’s
international growth. There are a lot of players in the league born on the
African continent and the NBA’s annual Basketball Without Borders event
in Africa is always one of its best productions in terms of attendance by
coaches and players from around the league.