HoopsHype Sim Bhullar rumors
Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team Friday, inking a deal to join the Sacramento Kings in training camp. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. "I've long believed that India is the next great frontier for the NBA, and adding a talented player like Sim only underscores the exponential growth basketball has experienced in that nation," said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, the league's first Indian-born majority owner. "While Sim is the first player of Indian descent to sign with an NBA franchise, he represents one of many that will emerge from that region as the game continues to garner more attention and generate ever-increasing passion among a new generation of Indian fans." USA Today Sports
Sacramento Kings have officially signed big man Sim Bhullar. He went undrafted after coming out of New Mexico State. He posted a picture on his Twitter profile where he signs the contract. Sportando
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
Jon Santiago: Kings summer league roster (so far): McCallum, McLemore, Stauskas, Derrick Williams, Acy, Sim Bhullar, Nick Wiggins, Jared Cunningham and Eric Moreland. They cut Willie Reed yesterday in case you were unaware of that. @Shams Charania reported that first. Twitter @itsjonsantiago
Josh Gershon: New Mexico State sophomore center Sim Bhullar is entering the NBA Draft, per a source. Twitter
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