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By Ira Winderman

The road to Africa for Erik Spoelstra began in the Miami Heat locker room.

It was there, in 2015, shortly after the league’s first Africa Game, that the Heat coach spoke to forward Luol Deng and assistant coach David Fizdale about participating in that Basketball Without Borders outreach.

The feedback from Deng, who is from what now is South Sudan, was so inspiring that even with Deng having since moved on to the Los Angeles Lakers and Fizdale since becoming coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, Spoelstra made it a point of being part of this year’s event.

That has had Spoelstra reflecting from Johannesburg, South Africa, about the experience this week, even before Saturday’s exhibition that will be televised by ESPN. Spoelstra spoke shortly after participating in a Habitat for Humanity event that had him working alongside NBA players, referees, coaches and executives.

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