‘Basketball can become India’s no.2 sport in five years’, says Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol knows a thing or two about a non-American player thriving in the big league. The 7-feet tall Spanish player spent his childhood in his birth country before moving to America in his teens. Today, Gasol, who is a two-time NBA defending champion with LA Lakers, is widely regarded as the best international player in the league. He is currently in India to run clinics for participants and coaches of the Mahindra NBA Challenge. The 30-year old sat down with MSN for an exclusive chat.
How difficult is it for an Indian to take up basketball? It obviously comes naturally to Americans?
It is lot more difficult when it is not one of most played sports in the country. We need to ensure that kids are given the right opportunities of playing the sport, and facilitated with certain things. It will be a lot easier if they are nurtured. These sorts of events and programmes conducted by the NBA, IBF and Mahindra will certainly attract kids. They will realise how much fun basketball truly is.
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Supreme Court on Friday pronounced that Sunil Gavaskar will replace N Srinivasan to take up the post of interim president of the BCCI. The S... More Supreme Court on Friday pronounced that Sunil Gavaskar will replace N Srinivasan to take up the post of interim president of the BCCI. The Supreme Court gave three interim orders to the BCCI, that is, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will not take part in IPL 7 tournament, Gavaskar replacing Srinivasan, and all India Cements employess be removed from BCCI.
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