Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke is one of 20 NBA players who will participate in the first-ever NBA game in Africa, which takes place Saturday (7 a.m., ESPN) at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Burke will be on Team World with captain Chris Paul, the Gasol brothers, Bradley Beal and others. Team Africa comprises first- and second-generation African players, led by captain Luol Deng, and includes Giannis Antetokounmpo, Al-Farouq Aminu and Nicolas Batum.
"The game on Saturday, obviously the first goal is to win. We know it’s going to be a competitive game, the first game in Africa," Burke said in a conference call from South Africa. "We know that Team Africa, they want this win very bad, obviously, being in Africa (and) bringing the fans out.
"At the same time, Team World, we’re going to compete at a high level and try to get a win. For me personally, (I'll) try to go out there and try to have fun. (That's) more important than anything."
Luol Deng (captain)
Serge Ibaka (injured)
Luc Mbah a Moute
Gregg Popovich (coach)
Chris Paul (captain)
Lionel Hollins (coach)