A new dimension has been added to the sports culture in India as Mumbai hosted the first ever NBA (National Basketball Association) game. The NBA games is a significant move to promote basketball among the youth which ALSO showcases the good relations between the US and India.
Prior to the game, The Gateway of India, a historical monument in Mumbai was covered in the colors of NBA giving the fans a gush of excitement and zeal.
PM Modi into his tweet said that he hopes that it encourages young people to engage more in the sport and Fit India Movement. The chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani presented the “Match ball” to NBA officials ahead of the match which embarked the welcoming of the sport to India. National Anthem was sung by youtuber cum singer Mr.Bhuvan Bam to give feels to an NBA India game. Many other celebrities like Priyanka chopra, Parineeti chopra, Sonam and Anand ahuja were seen enjoying the event.This was the very first time when two North American teams “Pacers” and “SacramentoKings” landed on an Indian court. The match was interesting and with all the fun that NBA promises like dance grooves in between or free goodies session, the night was one to remember. The match ended with Pacers winning over Kings 132-131 points.
With the arrival of NBA and promoting basketball as a sport itself , the association seeks the platform of India to raise more audience as well as quality players into the sport with joining hands to Reliance Foundation.