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African basketball star to watch: Bruno Fernando

Viewers on DStv and GOtv can expect to see Angolan basketball player Bruno Fernando in action, as ESPN broadcasts the NBA regular season action live on the evening of Friday, December 31, 2021.

Fernando, born in Luanda and 23, first arrived in the NBA in 2019 when he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, and he’s been on the Boston Celtics’ books since an August trade of This year.

Standing at 2.06m (6’9“), the agile forward / center is the very first Angolan player in the NBA and has built a reputation for a living presence who – even though he’s not a starter regular – brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to his team.

“If you’ve got guys like Bruno who are constantly energized and pop and they’re uplifting and strong in a good way. There is life,” Hawks assistant coach MattHill said. It just gives your group some juice. ”

Fernando himself said: “Sometimes I just talk crazy. I’m just screaming stuff. Sometimes that’s all guys need. Sometimes your teammates hear you, instead of me saying the right things, sometimes you yell whatever you have to say. As long as they can hear your voice, they know you are good for them.

The former Maryland Terrapins (college team) player hopes to continue developing his game in Boston: “As a player you always want to improve in every part of your game. I look forward to improving in every aspect. of my game, but working on some things for me that I know are more useful to me as a player on a team and add value to the team. I obviously try to focus on these things as much as possible, but I really try to improve on every area that I can. “

Fernando also aims to emulate one of his basketball idols, Kevin Garnett, who spent six years with Celtic and helped them win their last NBA championship in 2008.

“I’ve always been drawn to Kevin Garnett because of his approach to the game,” Fernando said. “He played every game like it was his last. He always approached the game like, “I can do this. I don’t have to do this. It’s something that has always marked me, his energy, his passion, his loyalty to the game, which is why he has had a successful career. Why not follow this?

Fernando is hoping to feature prominently for the Boston Celtics when they host the Phoenix Suns in an NBA regular season clash at TD Garden on the evening of Friday, December 31, a game you can watch LIVE on ESPN. .

See Bruno Fernando in the following NBA game live on ESPN:
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Friday December 31
10:00 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns – LIVE on ESPN