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India may host NBA pre-season game in Mumbai next year: NBA chief Adam Silver

Press Trust of India  |  Orlando (US) 

In what could be a major boost for in India, the country may host a pre-season game in next year, said the league's

To promote the game in India, in May 2017 had launched The Academy, an elite training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Complex in Greater Noida.

NBA's initiative has been yielding desired results as 20 odd boys and girls from and have represented in the just-concluded Jr NBA World Championships that concluded here last night.

"We had represented here. We have an academy on the ground now. We are potentially looking to play a game in Mumbai, may be next year. It would be a pre-season game," Silver told PTI on the sidelines of the Jr NBA World Championships.

"If we do a pre-season game, we can build time and our players and their families can spend time, learn about the country's culture, he said.

said the organisation is determined to break the barriers in by collaborating with the

"We are very focused on the Indian market. We have a great relationship with Reliance and Mukesh Ambani and he and his wife's foundation. There is enormous amount of grass root being played in India, Silver said.

Silver was full of praise for the talent in show at the World Championships and said the event is their endeavour to create future basketball stars.

"It's hard to define. I would say it's a fantastic first tour. We had 10000 participants from 70 countries which went through the process to be a part here. Just seeing the enthusiasm you can feel what it means to them. They have been here for a week, participated in projects.

"They were taught life skills, how to deal with stress. I think this is just the beginning of what will turn out to be a great program, he said.

"We see this as an opportunity at a global level to putting in infrastructure. For young players just the dream of coming to the United States, that too at is incredible. We believe we really can do something special with this program.

termed the Jr NBA World Chamionships as a future investment for the organization.

"This is certainly not a business. I think for us it's an investment in the game and in future league players. It's an investment in teaching young people life skills and appreciation for what and stand for, Silver concluded.

Meanwhile, USA continued its domination in the sport with the US Central girls team and US Central boys team winning the inaugural Junior at Wide World of Complex.

The Central girls defeated girls team 68-38, while the Central boys beat & boys 60-50.

Four awards, representing the Jr NBA's four core values Determination, Respect, and were each presented to the boy and girl players who best represented the characteristics throughout the tournament.

India did not return empty handed from the event as Sunishka Kartik bagged the Award among the girls.

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First Published: Mon, August 13 2018. 10:25 IST