Photo Courtesy: BAL can report Phoenix Suns Point Guard Chris Paul has stated the Basketball Africa League (BAL) could change the lives of people involved in the competition.

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles next to Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans (42) and center Robin Lopez (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

He made this statement after the start date of the continental championship was announced recently; the inaugural edition of the NBA-FIBA Africa tournament runs from May 16 to May 30 with all games to be played at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

A handful of teams-12 in all-will compete in next month’s tournament with the teams drawn into three groups and engaging each other in an all play all format. The top eight teams progress to the playoffs where a single game elimination series will determine the team that wins the competition.

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With the NBA set to offer opportunities to outstanding BAL players and coaches, veteran Guard Paul has weighed in on the positives that come with organizing such a competition.

“an unbelievable platform, where you get the opportunity to change people’s lives” the two Olympic Gold Medal winner for USA said.

GNBC v Patriots (white) in a BAL qualification game Photo Courtesy: FIBA

The BAL was originally planned to start in March 2020 with games played across multiple cities in Africa but the corona virus pandemic forced the changes.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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