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At 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 meters) tall, Gursimran “Sim” Bhullar is hard to miss. He stood out even more after becoming the first basketball player of Indian origin to step onto a court in an NBA game. Called on for the final 16 seconds, it was a fleeting moment that he hadn’t been sure would ever arrive. “I had to go on the court and do my job, so I wasn’t thinking anything of it,” the 26-year-old center tells CNN. He signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings who faced the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 5, 2015.
While he hopes to return to the prestigious league, he says the NBA game has changed. “They are playing more small ball and at a quicker pace, so for me to fit into that system is hard,” Sim Bhullar says. “I have been working on my game, from getting into better shape and moving faster.”
Bhullar has also tried to popularize the game in India by opening courts and helping children to play. And he’s moved by the passion that already exists for the game. “I would go to the courts in the morning and there would be a bunch of kids playing. I was in awe… I saw some kids with broken shoes… and they were running around and playing basketball.”
Dylan Windler now travels to Chicago, where he is staying ahead of the draft to train with fellow clients of Priority Sports & Entertainment and agent Mark Bartelstein. He will then visit with the Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.