India will have a player in NBA in five years: David Stern

There was speculation about the NBA signing a deal with Mukesh Ambani-owned IMG Reliance to start a pro-basketball league in India. IMG Reliance has a 30-year partnership with the BFI to develop basketball at every stage, from grassroots to a professional league.

updated: April 08, 2013 21:30 IST
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Mumbai: With an increasing number of foreign players making to the top in the professional basketball league, National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern on Monday said that an Indian hoopster could be seen playing in the league in the next five years.

"We already had a woman (Geetu Anna Jose) try out for WNBA and we would expect to have men and women showing up for each of our professional leagues. If you need a specific answer, I would say five years," Stern told reporters here on his maiden visit to India.

"If we get our grassroot programmes going bigger and kids across this country start bouncing the ball rather than kicking it or hitting it with a strange paddle, there will be an enormous influx of very good and talented athletes into our game.

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