But far away here at the NSCI Dome, a vociferous group of over 3,000 kids from the Reliance Foundation watched with rapt attention the historic first ever National Basketball Association game in India between Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings, welcoming the sport in the country with open arms and promising to take to it in the years to come. The basketball court was installed in the Arabian Sea near the Bandra-Worli Sealink on October 2, Wednesday.
Continuing and expanding the initiatives before the NBA India Games, the NBA, Pacers and Kings will encourage five under-resourced municipal colleges in the vicinity of Mumbai, such as Sitaram Mill Compound Marathi BMC School, in which team and league executives and former NBA players can break ground on a brand new basketball court on October 5. India's sports fans have had some of the best content available to them including live streaming of leading cricket leagues and series, Winter Olympics Games Pyeongchang 2018, Carabao Cup 2018 finals among many others, a Reliance press release said. In August 2012, she was selected to play for an worldwide women professional league in Thailand.
Pacers owner Simon, who has been on the NBA China board since its inception, said the NBA's league model could be replicated in India.More news: Pilot survives as U.S. fighter jet crashes in Germany
"There is a lot of potential to grow (for basketball in India) and these two NBA teams coming to play here the two pre-season games will only make that process a little faster", the 43-year-old Williams told PTI here on Wednesday.
Recently, the eight-time All-Star big man was one of the ambassadors of the league as it recently launched an outreach program in India, with the objective of improving the quality of education in certain areas of the country.
Similarly, RF ESA dedicates one game of Mumbai Indians each season exclusively for the special young invitees of Nita Ambani as thousands of kids fill up the Wankhede Stadium.More news: Shami, Jadeja heroics see India up for 1-0 against South Africa
To mark the occasion, Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, flagged off the game with the ceremonial match ball presentation to NBA commissioner Adam Silver who acknowledged the contribution of Reliance Foundation in promoting basketball in the country. "So I think the pre-games were a huge success".
"You want a nearby link, a celebrity with Indian roots for basketball to get off". 300 million people play the game of basketball in China. "It doesn't matter", Ranadive said.More news: Al Qaeda leader for the Indian subcontinent killed in South of Afghanistan
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