The Nets have been popular in Asia for years, and Caris LeVert is adding to that surprising hotbed of Brooklyn fandom. LeVert is going to participate in Basketball Without Borders Asia, with an announcement set for Thursday. Brooklyn’s rising young combo guard will be joined in India by Corey Brewer of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kelly Olynyk of the Miami Heat and Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks. BWB Asia 2018 will be held from May 30 through June 2 at the NBA Academy India in Delhi, and will be run in partnership with Nike. It’s the second time the development and community outreach program – run by the league and by FIBA – will be in India. It’s also not LeVert’s first trip to Asia, either.
Ira Winderman: Heat center Kelly Olynyk is among those who will participate in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders from May 30 to June 2 in India at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region.
Brett Dawson: Corey Brewer will be among the NBA players coaching the top high school age campers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region at the league’s Basketball Without Borders Asia. Camp is May 30-June 2 at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region.
Ailene Voisin: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that the league is looking at scheduling a future preseason game in Mumbai because the facilities are improving. I am hearing the Kings would be one of two teams involved – probably 2019 – and that trip would include a game in Dubai.
Today, the Sacramento Kings unveiled an alternative court design for the 2017-18 season. The new black court, reflects the design elements of the team’s global marks, including new logos specific to India and China. As part of the franchise’s mission, the team strives to make basketball the premier sport of the 21st century beyond traditional borders. The team will use this customizable floor through the season when wearing the Global Uniform at home. Building a brand that connects with fans around the world will help create an authentic connection with emerging international basketball audiences, from the court up through jerseys, apparel and more.
Kevin Durant apologized Friday for comments he made about India when asked in a recent interview what the country was like. The Warriors forward, who spent time in the country last month to help grow basketball around the world, tweeted that his comments were “taken out of context” and that he “should’ve worded it better.”