NBA Reiterates Commitment to Strengthening Nigerian Basketball Ecosystem in Nigeria

NBA leaders reiterated their commitment to providing more boys and girls in Nigeria with more opportunities to learn the fundamentals and core values ​​of the game, and to help develop and strengthen the ecosystem of the game. Nigerian basketball.

According to NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, “While we just opened an office here this year, Nigeria has been an important market for the NBA for decades, dating back to when Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson held basketball clinics. here in 1971. And you can’t overstate Nigeria’s incredible basketball talent and impact on the league. Of Hakeem Olajuwon, who was selected with the number one pick in the 1984 NBA Draft , to six Nigerian players on NBA rosters this season, to two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who of course is of Nigerian descent.


“We have opened an office in Lagos because we believe there are huge opportunities for the NBA in Nigeria and because the continued growth of basketball here can be a catalyst for the rest of the continent. We want to help to accelerate the growth of basketball and help develop an environment in which Nigerian youth have a predictable pathway to learn the game and maximize their potential.

NBA Africa CEO Victor Williams said “NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum is here this week, along with a delegation of other NBA leaders, and it is a testament to our continued commitment to growing the game of basketball in Nigeria, to strengthening the basketball ecosystem, to connect with our fans and to build the NBA brand and business in Nigeria.Nigeria is already making a significant contribution to the NBA in terms of players, coaches, executives and leaders to all levels, so it’s a really big and meaningful market for the NBA in Africa and we’re really excited to be here this weekend to spend time in the country, meet with various stakeholders and promote what the NBA is looking for to do in Nigeria.

According to NBA Vice President Africa and Country Head for Nigeria Gbemisola Abudu, “When we say we are investing in Nigeria, that is exactly what we are doing. We invest from a human capacity perspective, ensuring our fans can experience the NBA. This is very important and shows our commitment to the country.

BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall said “The second season of BAL, broadcast in 215 countries and territories, featured 12 of the best club teams from across the continent and demonstrated just how much talent and passion there is for basketball in Africa. We are delighted with the momentum we are seeing building across the continent as we prepare for another exciting season. Yesterday, FIBA ​​Africa conducted the draw for the Road to the BAL’s Elite 16 Qualifying Tournament and we can’t wait to find out which teams will be competing in the BAL next year.


“Nigeria has a rich basketball culture and tradition, and we are delighted that Nigerian teams can once again compete in international competitions.”


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