March 24, 2016

Former NBA player Joe Courtney is in Hyderabad broadcasting the UBA Basketball League

The 'About' section of his website describes him as "a seasoned businessman, Motivational and Transformational Speaker, Best Selling Author and Success Consultant." But to our specific purposes, the most note-worthy words come a line later. NBA. Michael Jordan. Charles Barkley. Chicago Bulls.

Joe Courtney played nearly a decade of professional basketball around the world in the 90s, including featuring in backup roles around the NBA. An undrafted player, the 6-foot-9 power forward played for the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Antonio Spurs. Courtney's hoops career also took him to the CBA, France, Spain, Venezuela, Japan, and Slovenia.

Now, the global-hoops-traveller-slash-author-motivational-speaker brings his experience and talents to India. Courtney's new career move has brought him to Hyderabad, where he is one part of the broadcast team - along with Paul Crane - covering and commentating at the UBA Basketball League in the city's Gachibowli Stadium. Courtney will cover the league in Hyderabad until April 3rd, which will be the league's season 2 finale.

While young Indian players at the UBA Basketball League try out this interesting new opportunity in their careers, having Courtney in the periphery should be a lesson that basketball can open various doors into their future. Additionally, Courtney should bring a further dash of professionalism and legitimacy to this upstart league as it fights for its place within Indian basketball.

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