December 13, 2015

Hoopdarshan Episode 22: Coach JD Walsh observes the ascent of Indian Basketball

In 2007, after coaching around the world from the USA to China and Europe, JD Walsh descended to India. Walsh's "JDBasketball" movement spread quickly to all corners of the country, influencing thousands of Indian players and coaches. On Episode 22 of the Hoopdarshan podcast, Walsh joins hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok to talk about the past, present, and future of Indian Basketball, the state of his hometown New York Knicks, and the Pandavs starting 5 from The Mahabharat.

JD Walsh is an American basketball coach who graduated and played for the University of Maryland before coaching everywhere from High School and professional training in the USA to worldwide camps, clubs, and work with national teams in eight countries on three continents. He has received funding from the US Dept. of State as a 'sports diplomat', has worked with several NGOs, and has taken coaching clinics of Indian coaches to train them in the US at the George Mason University. He's now based between New York and DC. Over 15,000 participants have been involved in the JDBasketball school around the world. In India, Walsh has worked in all four corners of the country, conducting over 75 camps in cities such as Srinagar, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Midnapore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Patiala, and Trivandrum for over 5,000 Indian youth. He's currently based in New York.

Hoopdarshan aims to be the true voice of Indian basketball, and since we're such hopeless fans of the game, it will become the voice of everything basketball related we love, from the NBA to international hoops, too. On every episode of Hoopdarshan, we will be inviting a special guest to interview or chat to about a variety of topics. With expert insight from some of the brightest and most-involved people in the world of Indian basketball, we hope to bring this conversation to a many more interested fans, players, and followers of the game.

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