Nita Ambani to present match ball to National Basketball Association officials

NBA Reportedly Considering Starting a League in India

NBA Reportedly Considering Starting a League in India

On Friday, Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings faced off in Mumbai in the first of the two pre-season games in India.

"There's so much grace and effortless co-ordination among the players".

The courtside viewers bundled celebs this kind of as Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra-Jonas. The biggest ovation of the night however was for National Basketball Association legend Larry Bird, whose presence brought the crowd to its feet.

What takes place when "circus" leaves? The NBA brought its senior teams to India in partnership with Reliance Foundation. You guys need more courts over here.

"The actuality that the circus has arrive to city is a wonderful thing", said Vishal Jhunjhunwala, husband or wife at Mumbai-based sporting activities internet marketing organization, Sq.

"But what happens once the circus leaves town? That doesn't exist at the moment, unlike say China where the presence of a star like Yao Ming galvanised his whole country into following the sport", Jhunjhunwala told AFP.

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Despite India's enormous population, precious few players of Indian descent have played in basketball's top professional league. Now, the NBA is hoping to cash in on the massive market, and if the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is to be believed, India can have its very own NBA league in the near future.

The cheapest ticket for Saturday's game cost 4,500 rupees ($65), going up to an astronomical 85,000 rupees for courtside seats. In comparison, a season pass for up coming week's next Check involving India and South Africa in Pune tops out at 5,000 rupees.

"Yesterday was a historic day for sports in India and India-USA relations".

To all those in the stands, having said that, the spectacle was perfectly value the significant bucks. "I would like to thank the NBA for believing in Indian basketball and for being a great partner on this incredible journey", Nita Ambani mentioned in an official assertion on Friday. In August 2012, she was selected to play for an worldwide women professional league in Thailand.

"(Building parks or courts) will help (promote the game), I am sure kids have to play, but they have nowhere to go and play, so (when they will have) courts, that's where they will be", he noted. "But it's a first step", said Jhunjhunwala.

"If they eliminate dollars on it, well, they have deep pockets".

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