HoopsHype India rumors

July 19, 2014 Updates

How would you describe your roots and decision to attend New Mexico State? Sim Bhullar: “I was born in Toronto. My parents are from India – they came over [to Canada] about 30 years ago. I was originally supposed to go to Xavier [but instead] went to New Mexico State, where I knew the assistant there, Paul Weir. We had a good relationship – he’s from Toronto. He brought me out there and I had fun – I had a good two years there.” NBA.com

How would you describe the time you’ve spent in Sacramento? “It’s a big city, it’s a nice city and I really enjoyed my couple of days I was there. I would definitely like playing in Sacramento – being in that market without a whole lot of distractions.” What would it mean to you to become the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA? “It would be big – not just for me, but for the whole country and my community back home. To have the first Indian in the NBA and be one in one billion at this level would be crazy.” NBA.com

June 7, 2014 Updates
June 6, 2014 Updates

National Basketball Association (NBA) point guard Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings arrived in Mumbai on Friday for a week-long tour to promote the game of basketball and to enhance NBA`s fan base in the country. On his first trip to India, Thomas will travel across Mumbai and Chennai, participating in a wide range of activities, coaching children and interacting with local celebrities. ZeeNews

March 4, 2014 Updates

Karan Madhok: I don’t believe that India yet has the infrastructure to support an NBA game, even an exhibition (http://hoopistani.blogspot.jp/2013/09/an-nba-exhibition-game-in-india-next.html). But Vivek Ranadive, the Indian owner of the Kings, has expressed interest in bringing the Kings to India for a pre-season game sometime soon. Whenever it happens, I expect Ranadive and the Kings to be involved. Ed Odeven Reporting

January 2, 2014 Updates

National Basketball Association (NBA) team the Sacramento Kings have signed a partnership with The Krrish Group, an Indian real estate company. The Kings are owned by Indian-born Vivek Ranadive (left in picture), who previously revealed plans to build the team's brand internationally. Sportspromedia.com

October 28, 2013 Updates

NBA announces plans to expand broadcast partnership in India: Some quotes from the press release the league sent out this morning on expanding their television reach in India... Prasan Krishnan, head of business at Sony Six: “Sport is flourishing around the world with basketball leading the way due to its broad appeal and accessibility to viewers everywhere. This enhanced offering will give the fans a chance to watch their favorite team and stars consistently throughout the season. We are confident that our approach will open up an enormous opportunity in the ‘Breakfast’ time space for capturing viewership.” Sulia

October 11, 2013 Updates

And it's only natural to wonder when the Kings might play in India, considering principal owner Vivek Ranadive has stated he wants to make center DeMarcus Cousins a superstar in India, Ranadive's birthplace. Coach Michael Malone would not be surprised to see the Kings play in India in the coming years. "(Ranadive has) said many, many times he wants to be a global brand," Malone said. "With his background in India, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Sacramento Kings playing a game there in the foreseeable future. It's an untapped market." Sacramento Bee

August 30, 2013 Updates

Summer vacation for NBA players isn’t always just about sun, fun and luxury accommodations. Sometimes there is a different element involved. Sometimes a trip can provide a deeper understanding of things, some enlightenment, if you are up for it. Miami Heat Chris Bosh and his family were game for just that when they traveled Mumbai, India, this summer. It was a journey captured on video by the two-time NBA champion, who mixed a little NBA business with pleasure on his trip (#NAMASTE Part I): NBA.com

August 23, 2013 Updates

NBA Legends Horace Grant, Ron Harper and Peja Stojakovic, who collectively have won 10 NBA Championships, will participate in NBA Jam. The event will feature the largest 3-on-3 tournament ever held in India and include a National Finals televised on SONY SIX. The traveling interactive basketball festival combines exciting on-court competition with concerts by well-known local musicians and authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages. India Times

July 21, 2013 Updates

Bosh has been to China several times, as an Olympian and with the Heat, as well as on promotional tours. A renaissance man whose curiosity ranges far from the court, he was intrigued by the prospect of experiencing the other Asian giant. "I'm always interested in traveling the world, and any opportunity that comes up to spread the game of basketball and travel, I think that is the best of both," Bosh said in a phone interview with the Sun Sentinel during his four days in Mumbai as special emissary of the NBA. "People are aware [of basketball.] Not as aware as China, but I think the love of the game is growing here. A lot of people here are interested in basketball. There are a lot of Heat fans. They were watching the Finals. They asked me a lot of questions about LeBron [James]. You can just tell that the game has a chance to really grow here." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 9, 2013 Updates

Two-time defending National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion and eight-time All-Star Chris Bosh, of the Miami Heat, will travel to Mumbai, India from July 16-19 to conduct a variety of events to continue the growth of the game and connect with NBA fans locally. Bosh will be the 22nd NBA or WNBA player or legend to travel to India since 2006. “I am excited for the chance to visit India and help build interest in the game I love,” said Bosh. “The NBA is a global game and I hear that basketball is becoming pretty popular over there so I am looking forward to teaching kids that may end up in our league one day.” NBA.com

April 8, 2013 Updates

With an increasing number of foreign players making to the top in the professional basketball league, National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern Monday said an Indian hoopster could be seen playing in the league in the next five years. "We already had a woman (Geetu Anna Jose) try out for WNBA and we would expect to have men and women showing up for each of our professional leagues. If you need a specific answer, I would say five years," Stern told reporters here on his maiden visit to India. CNN-IBN

April 7, 2013 Updates

Wilkins, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer who accompanied the Atlanta Hawks on their tour of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, believes popularizing the sport in India will be more incremental than explosive. "I went with Basketball Without Borders for its first visit in 2008," said Wilkins, "and it was a very different experience than the Soviet Union of 30 years ago. Russia, even when the wall was coming down, all the Cold War stuff, was much more familiar with the game. But then when I went back to India again two years ago, I definitely could sense a difference. It's not leaps and bounds, but I think the access to information, social media, the Internet, getting more NBA games on television is changing things." Sacramento Bee

March 29, 2013 Updates

Silver, 50, said Stern was planning a trip to India next month. "Another country of over a billion people with a young population that loves basketball." He said the NBA is working with Brooklyn Nets Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov and the Russian government to further grow basketball there as well as projects to develop the game more on the continent of Africa. Silver said he believed establishing teams outside the United States was part of the NBA's future, but remained in the conceptual stage. "When we do expand, we'd need to expand probably with multiple teams, so that you wouldn't have an orphan team in Europe, but that you'd potentially have a division so those teams could play each other more often and NBA teams presumably traveling in Europe could have more teams to play when they're over there," said Silver. "It's still a concept, but I'm comfortable with it." Reuters

January 20, 2013 Updates
November 7, 2012 Updates

The National Basketball Association has signed a three-year exclusive carriage deal in India with MSM's sports channel Sony Six, which launched in April. ESPN Star Sports was the NBA's broadcast partner in India until 2010. After that agreement expired, the NBA split the rights between Taj Television's Ten Sports and MSM's Sony Pix. Variety.com

March 5, 2012 Updates

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