NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said former President Obama has told him he wants to "be directly involved" in plans for a new a pro league in Africa,
- "The Basketball Africa League [is] a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport's global governing body FIBA."
- "The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January."
Silver said talks with Obama are ongoing.
- Obama spoke on a video that was shown during the event where Silver announced the league: "[E]ven if you are the best player, your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better.