NBA in India was like IPL in the USA.
some of the iconic basketball players like Lebron James, kobe Bryant, Magic Jhonson and Jordon are of the players and the only team you know is Lakers from Los Angels and nothing much. just like in our Cricket you know and must have heard about Sachin, Virat and Dhoni who are some of the legends from the games. but it’s more about the experience, the carnival( Music, cheers, Madness, the energy the moments, And Deepening your knowledge about the game.)
The NBA game has 30 Teams divided into Eastern into (Atlantic,Central and southeast and Western teams are divided into (Northwest,Pacific and southwest ) about 80 odd games are played over a period of six months from November until April. Each game has
4 quarters of 12 minutes, With time out breaks of 5 minutes and a fifteen minutes break at half time. Well in all it goes on for about 120 minutes to 180 minutes.
Each player was a minimum 6”2 and posses the ball for twenty four seconds, Before he could pass the ball to another player or take a shot at the basket. There were moments where a lot of the fans felt like minions and dwarfs if they would have stood against the players. The sprints, the dogging of the ball, the accuracy and sometimes the miscalculation of the shots made the crowd roar and brings them on the edge of their seats and Scream and Cheers. The game was all about what you actually experience with hundreds of people all there to witness the sport and sinking the feeling of having brought a sport other than cricket brought to our nation, At the prefect time to introduce a sport that has a potential market.
The Match between Indiana Pacers vs sacramento kings was the first ever official game of NBA in India,Mumbai held on the 4 and 5th of Oct. It was a great experience, Playing the virtual basket ball game during the breaks and winning Book my show vouchers worth 500. Jerseys and merchandises Were disturbed randomly in the stadium, And lucky contestant were part of the the real basket ball moment, with jersey and Attire making them feel like the players out there. As part of entertainment act Kings united, the Winner of an American Dance show from India performed during the break, To grabbing nachos and cola for the “Real American NBA experience in India.”
To be honest, those one twenty minutes of action, had many moments where we were lost with what’s was happening on the court, As when you are experiencing a live match there are so many distractions out there, you just want to enjoy the Experience, where as the telecasted matches focus on the game rather than the experience. This was my NBA experience in India, now I am pretty sure what a “Foreigner” goes through while watching an IPL or a cricket match without having much idea about the sport or want to experience and know what the game is all about.