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Themba Hadebe, Associated Press
NBA player Bismack Biyombo of Toronto Raptors, top left, watches kids juggle balls during the visit at the newly built Boys and Girls Club at Protea Glen in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. 20 top NBA players are in Johannesburg for the exhibition game Saturday featuring Team World versus Team Africa.

JOHANNESBURG — Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived.

Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about Gasol's trip to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities.

Gregg Popovich is planning a safari. As he said, "If you come all this way, you may as well do something."

Oh yeah, there's also a game to play on Saturday.

The NBA is in Africa, and a practice session at a downtown Johannesburg arena on Friday, the day before the NBA's first exhibition game on this continent, was dominated not by basketball but by talk on who is going where and doing what off the court.