Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was at the NBA All-Star match in North Carolina last weekend, offering his Premier League basketball dream team as well as discussing the brand new NBA Africa league.
Drogba, pictured with NBA legend and Chelsea fan Kevin Garnett, as well as former Premier League rivals Patrice Evra and Thierry Henry, was in Charlotte to see LeBron James’ team emerge 178-164 winners in front of a crowd of over 19,000.
Speaking at the event, Drogba was asked to name the five football players he would like to see form an all-star basketball team, providing an interesting response.
‘Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, Peter Crouch – he doesn’t need to jump he’s just there, and Eden Hazard,’ he joked.
How that team would fare is anybody’s guess, but boyhood Chelsea fan Crouch would certainly give the side an advantage in the height stakes!
Drogba, one of the most famous and influential Africans on the planet, was also asked for his views on the creation of an NBA Africa league, featuring 12 teams across the continent.
‘I think it’s going to work,’ said the 40-year-old. ‘With the support of the NBA and the FIBA as well, I think that’s exactly what we needed for every sport in Africa because there’s a lot of talent, a lot of players.
‘If you’re looking into football for example, I’ve seen a lot of players more talented, much better than me and all the guys I’ve played against in the Premier League but they don’t have the platform or the chance to make it. If you have a competitive league in Africa, I think it’s going to help them to make sure they can earn some money and it creates jobs. It’s a big eco-system that’s going to take place.’