The NBA India Games 2019 will feature the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers in two preseason games to be held on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5
New Delhi: There’s a buzz of excitement among basketball fans in India ahead of the first-ever NBA match which will be played this evening.
The Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium will host the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers at 7pm today (October 4) and tomorrow in two preseason games.
This is no doubt a remarkable moment in history for basketball players and fans in India as this will be the first ever NBA match to be played on Indian soil (court).
Nita Ambani will reportedly present the ceremonial ‘Match Ball’ to NBA official before the start of the game.
The Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers have played seven games each outside North America before heading into the India leg.
Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was very excited to be returning to the city of his birth. He was also optimistic that basketball will gain more popularity in India, according to a media report.
The Sacramento Kings failed to make it to the play-offs last season.
The Indian National Anthem will also be sung at the start of the game by YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bam
The NBA India Games 2019 will reach fans in more than 200 countries via television, digital and social media.
The NBA tournament garnered more popularity in India after US President Donald Trump at the recent Howdy Modi event in Houston had announced that he might come to India to witness the game.
With Agency inputs
Last Updated 4, Oct 2019, 1:44 PM IST