Destination India as NBA goes on globalisation overdrive

first_imgThe world’s biggest and richest basketball league NBA is on a globalisation overdrive. The newest academy destination for NBA is India where it would soon have what they call ‘an elite basketball training centre’ based out of Delhi NCR. (Latest Sports stories)This is following a spate of academy announcements around the world recently with three in China and one in Australia.”The world is global now and NBA has gone global. Our players, coaches, owners, partners everybody wants the best players. NBA represents the best level of basketball in the world and we are scouting the entire world to have the best. We have about 25 per cent international representation now, which are 113 players. We are delighted to continue that with historically investing in player development through academies,” NBA Vice President International Basketball operations Brooks Meek told India Today.”We know and believe in having international players as a major focus for us. Building off on success of our grassroots program in India we knew it was time to invest directly in a development program and play a significant role in helping Indian players as part of NBA down the line,” he adds.NBA has been scouting academy locations in India for the past year and a half before narrowing down on six potential centres in Delhi NCR. With requirements like at least two or three indoor courts, quality dormitory facilities and proximity to schools being some of the prerequisites, a final announcement is expected to take another month or so. 24 boys would be chosen from a national trail system to have a first taste of academy training.advertisement”They would have scholarships when they come into the academy. We will have a 360 development approach to them not just in terms of basketball ability but also education and personal development. The selected ones get NBA certified global curriculum and we believe even in the short term it will have an impact on the quality of our national basketball system,” says NBA India MD Yannick Colaco.The academy intends to identify budding basketball players with access to high level training environment and options to choose his pathway if he has what it takes. “We feel we have an impact on the pathway for the player. Not only will he play the junior nationals and for the national team but will have the chance to evaluate opportunities whether to play college in America or professionally in Asia or Europe or play the D league,” Brookes says.While it’s still a pipe dream to have an India bred basketball player become a NBA regular, those like Satnam Singh who was selected in the drafts last year and Palpreet Singh Brar more recently who got a crack at NBA Development League have made a start. “Palpreet is a great example. He began playing basketball 6 years ago. If we had the chance to work with him from the academies program, we believe he would be even better. With this, we will hopefully see a NBA player from India sooner than later,” Brooks opines.last_img