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Basketball Fan
05-05-2011, 03:56 PM
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/121295723.html


Bucks' Jennings will be part of tour in India
e-mail print By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel
May 5, 2011 5:00 a.m. |(9) Comments

The National Basketball Association is working to extend its reach in India, and it has chosen Milwaukee Bucks' guard Brandon Jennings to help make it happen.

The NBA is expected to announce Thursday that Jennings will travel to India from May 13-18 to conduct a series of events to promote and grow the game in Mumbai and Pune.

Jennings was chosen because of his youth and his experience playing internationally. Jennings, 21, played overseas in Italy before coming to the Bucks.

"Having played in Italy, I have seen firsthand how the sport is growing globally and I am excited to visit India with the NBA to help continue the growth of the game," Jennings said. "The NBA has the best basketball players from around the world and it is amazing to think that one of the kids I teach in India could one day play against me in the NBA."

Jennings will be part of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Nationals Skills Challenge Finals on May 15 in Mumbai. The event is the culmination of the largest school-based initiative ever conducted by the NBA in India.

Jennings will also go to Pune for a clinic. He is believed to be the first NBA player to host an event in that city.

Akash Jain, senior director of development for NBA India, said in a telephone interview that India was the next great frontier for the NBA. "India is a key priority market where we see great long-term potential," Jain said.

Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, and the game is well-suited for a country with an extremely young demographic, Jain said.

"We're excited to have Brandon Jennings coming to Mumbai and Pune," Jain said. "He understands how global the game is."

ballism
05-05-2011, 04:10 PM
This is interesting because India starts like Indiana, or because Jennings did a movie with Lance Stephenson? :p

immortality
05-05-2011, 11:11 PM
Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, and the game is well-suited for a country with an extremely young demographic, Jain said (http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/121295723.html)

As a native of India, I loled at this. If it is not cricket, it has no chance in India.

Jared Sullinger
05-06-2011, 01:43 AM
Remember when people thought Brandon Jennings was actually good? :laugh:

Basketball Fan
05-06-2011, 11:21 AM
As a native of India, I loled at this. If it is not cricket, it has no chance in India.

As an Indian also this is true Cricket is like the NFL here.

Unless there's a NBA star from India(like Yao for China) to rally behind I don't see it working either.

BillS
05-06-2011, 11:41 AM
They just have to make a few rules changes to make it popular. Have players standing under both baskets but only one can score at a time, allow them to throw the ball into the stands for 6 points, make them shout to get a foul called - wait, they already do that last one... :D