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The National Basketball Association (NBA), a global powerhouse in professional basketball, has set its sights on Kenya. With the recent establishment of an NBA office in Nairobi, the game is about to get a whole lot more exciting for Kenyan basketball enthusiasts.

Why Kenya?

Kenya has long been a hotbed of basketball talent. The passion for the game runs deep, and local players have made their mark on both national and international stages. The NBA recognizes this potential and aims to harness it by creating opportunities for growth, development, and community engagement.

The NBA Kenya Office

The NBA’s new subsidiary in Kenya is strategically located in Westlands, Nairobi. This office serves as the hub for all NBA-related activities within the country. Let’s dive into what the NBA Kenya office brings to the court:

1. Business Initiatives

The NBA Kenya office is not just about slam dunks and three-pointers; it’s also about business. From sponsorships to partnerships, the NBA aims to strengthen its ties with local organizations, businesses, and investors. If you’re interested in collaborating with the NBA, this is where you’ll find the right contacts.

2. Basketball Development

Kenya’s young basketball talents are in for a treat. The NBA Kenya office will actively support basketball development initiatives. Whether it’s organizing youth clinics, coaching workshops, or talent scouting, the NBA is committed to nurturing the next generation of Kenyan ballers.

3. Community Engagement

Basketball is more than just a sport; it’s a community. The NBA Kenya office will work closely with local communities to promote the game. Expect community events, school programs, and grassroots basketball leagues. If you’re passionate about basketball and want to get involved, keep an eye on the NBA Kenya calendar.

Meet the Team

  • Michael Finley (Senior Director and Country Operations Lead): Michael brings years of experience in basketball development across the continent. As the head of the NBA Kenya office, he’s the go-to person for all things NBA in Kenya.

Jr. NBA Clinic in Nairobi

To celebrate the office opening, the NBA Africa held a Jr. NBA clinic for 70 boys and girls aged 16 and under in Nairobi. Five-time NBA champion Ron Harper graced the event, inspiring young players and emphasizing the bright future of basketball in Kenya.

!Ron Harper at the Jr. NBA Clinic in Nairobi

The Future of Basketball in Kenya

With the NBA’s year-round presence in Kenya, the future of basketball looks promising. Whether you’re a player, coach, fan, or aspiring entrepreneur, the NBA Kenya office invites you to be part of this exciting journey.

NAIROBI AND JOHANNESBURG – NBA Africa today announced that the league established a new subsidiary in Kenya, with an office located in Westlands, Nairobi.  The NBA Kenya office will support all of the league’s business and basketball development initiatives in the country and will be led by NBA Kenya Senior Director and Country Operations Lead Michael Finley.  The new office marks NBA Africa’s fifth office on the continent, joining Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lagos, Nigeria.

To celebrate the office opening, NBA Africa held a Jr. NBA clinic for 70 boys and girls ages 16 and under in Nairobi, in the presence of five-time NBA champion Ron Harper, NBA Africa CEO Victor Williams, Basketball Africa League President Amadou Gallo Fall, and Finley.

“The launch of our office in Nairobi reflects the enormous potential for basketball and the NBA in Kenya and across East Africa,” said Williams.  “Basketball is one of the most popular team sports among Kenyan youth, and having a year-round presence on the ground will allow us to work more closely with local stakeholders to further grow the game here and make it more accessible to fans and players across the country.”

“I have been involved in the Kenyan basketball community for many years and have seen firsthand the passion for the game here,” said Finley.  “I am excited to lead the new office and look forward to growing our footprint in the region and positively impacting communities across the nation by creating new opportunities for youth to play the game and fans to interact with the NBA.”

“I’m honored to be part of this historic announcement and support the league’s efforts to grow basketball in Kenya and across the continent,” said Harper.  “It has been really special for me to engage with the youth here and teach them what I know.  I have no doubt that the future of basketball in Kenya is extremely bright thanks to the league’s efforts.”

A U.S. native, Finley has served as NBA Africa Director of Basketball Business Development for the past five years.  Prior to joining the NBA, he spent more than two decades in a variety of basketball development roles on the continent, with a focus on East Africa.

Harper was selected 8th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1986 NBA Draft and went on to win five NBA championships over the course of his 15-year career, including three consecutive titles with the Chicago Bulls (1996-1998) and back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000 and 2001).

About NBA Africa
NBA Africa is an affiliate of the National Basketball Association (NBA), a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball.  NBA Africa conducts the league’s business in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL), and has opened subsidiary offices in Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria.  The NBA has a long history in Africa and opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010.  The league’s efforts on the continent have focused on increasing access to basketball and the NBA through youth and elite development, social responsibility, media distribution, corporate partnerships, NBA Africa Games, an NBA Store, the BAL, and more.  Last year, NBA Africa reached more than eight million youth across the continent through basketball development, life-skills programming and social media engagement.

NBA games and programming are available in all 54 African countries, and the NBA has hosted three sold-out exhibition games on the continent since 2015.  The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and NBA Africa, is a professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa that will tip off its fourth season in March 2024.  Fans can follow @NBA_Africa and @theBAL on Facebook, Instagram, X and YouTube.

Contacts

  • NBA Kenya Office Address: Westlands, Nairobi
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +254 123 456 789
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