Former NBA and USA national team superstar Kobe Bryant will be watching Nigeria’s Men Basketball team, D’Tigers and other countries on parade at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.

On Wednesday, October 31st, Bryant was officially revealed as a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 global ambassador.

Over the course of a stellar 20-year career, Bryant won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and two Olympic gold medals with the USA.

He is widely considered to be one of the best players in basketball history and among the world's greatest athletes.

His popularity in China is second to none and this is reflected by the fact that he ranks as the most followed NBA player on Chinese social media, where he has some 6.84 million followers.

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Bryant joins Yao Ming in becoming an ambassador for basketball's biggest competition.

As a global ambassador, Bryant will help promote the World Cup and take part in activities on the Road to China 2019 as well as at the first-ever 32-team edition of FIBA's flagship competition.

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"Growing up in Italy and spending many years visiting China, I have always appreciated the global impact that basketball has had on the positive development of young people," Bryant said.

"I'm honored FIBA has invited me to serve as an ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. I hope my participation inspires and motivates the best players from the 32 participating teams to represent their respective country on the world's biggest stage. I look forward to seeing who will lift the trophy next year."

Already D'Tigers have sealed their place at the World Cup though there is still one more window for the qualifying games.


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