Last updated on October 4, 2019
A pre-season game tens of thousands of miles apart from their routine area of activity isn’t a favorite means of gearing up. Hence, teams typically take such games somewhat lightly.
Despite this, the NBA India Games–just two pre-season matches between Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers here on Friday and Saturday–have a particular significance since it’s the first time that it is being held in India. That could put additional strain on the players to provide a mesmerizing show to attract new fans in a nation dominated by cricket. The players are conscious of the fact and so wish to be as aggressive as you can.
“Hopefully we can come out, place on a fantastic show and keep it more exciting. When it’s exciting for somebody who’s watching basketball for the first time, then he or she becomes a fanatic and the match will continue to increase in the long run,” Kings’ De’Aaron Fox stated on Thursday.
“It is about getting our staff to come along. Regardless of who’s on the court, it is likely to be somewhat large degree basketball since both teams understand how important it’s to us as well as the NBA,” said Kings head coach Luke Walton, who took control in April.
Both groups are expected to place their first-choice player’s court for a considerable period since it will provide them an opportunity to test mixes. “I will not say they (regulars) will perform at the large 30 (moments ), but undoubtedly in large 20s,” Walton explained.
Another motive behind the Kings to become competitive is they are playing at the house town of proprietor Vivek Randive, that had been born in Mumbai. “I am pleased to be back from town of the forefathers. These matches are an initial step on a very long trip. I fully expect these matches will last and multiple players will come from India and play at the NBA. And hopefully, we’ll have more arenas to play with these matches,” he explained.
Not just for the players, but it is a great bonding chance for NBA and India.