Former NBA player, Pops Mensah-Bonsu have added his voice to several stakeholder calls for Ghana to have an international standard basketball arena.
An international standard basketball arena has been acknowledged as major component to developing the sport in the west African country.
In his address during the virtual Ghana Basketball Conference held on April 14, which saw several stakeholder participation including the Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports (MoYS), the former Ghanaian-British basketball player reiterated the need for the country to build the basketball facility.
“One of our (SEED ACADEMY: Ghana) ultimate goals is to build not only a facility but an arena because we have one of the most developed countries in all of Africa and we don’t have a team or a presence when it comes to basketball.
“Building an arena will provide more jobs, it will boost the economy, it will help real estate, it will also provide an ecosystem, an ecosystem around the sport as well as concerts and other events you can hold so ultimately when we bring that, it doesn’t just uplift the game, it uplifts the country as a whole”, he is quoted by basketballghana.com
Pops Mensah-Bonsu featured for a number NBA teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets.
He is the Director of New York Knicks Minor League Operations.