Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo was in Kenya with former US president Barack Obama this week for the opening of a sports and education facility founded by Obama’s half-sister.
Biyombo and a few other NBA compatriots are in Africa preparing for the third annual NBA Africa game on August 4 in South Africa. Biyombo is a native African from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He took to Twitter to share in his excitement.
Basketball has taken me places and given me the opportunity to meet people that I never thought I would meet. Hope I could find a video back when I was with the @hornets where the dream was to meet the Prez @BarackObama, well had a chance to do that back in Africa in his village! pic.twitter.com/opLG58fhBl
— Bismack Biyombo (@bismackbiyombo) July 17, 2018
Obama, a well-documented basketball fan, wasted no time putting the facility’s new court to work.
President @BarackObama just scored his 3-pointer at first shot. Opening of @sautikuufoundation basketball court by both the President and Mr. Masai Ujiri of @giantsofafrica. Beautiful facility! @bismackbiyombo #sports #leadership #youth #basketball @NBA_Africa #ObamainKenya pic.twitter.com/L4fIAclARB
— vivian onano (@vivianonano) July 16, 2018
Biyombo began his career as a Hornet before spending time with the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic. He was traded back to Charlotte this offseason in a three-team deal.