March 3, 2016

Hoopdarshan Episode 27: Basketball Legend Jayasankar Menon and the Indian Basketball Players Association

On Episode 27 of the Indian basketball podcast Hoopdarshan, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok are blessed to welcome Jayasankar Menon, a retired legend of the game and the Secretary-General of the Indian Basketball Players Association (IBPA). In a candid and entertaining chat, Menon discusses the IBPA's efforts to save basketball from its conflicts in India, his glory days as Indian captain and Asian All Star, future direction of Indian hoops, and why we should thank a reckless Auto-Richshaw wallah for his success.

Menon was the captain of the Indian National basketball team in the 90s. Originally from Kerala and honed further in Tamil Nadu, Menon played power forward for India in his hayday, and rose to become of the country's top players. He was the first Indian to be chosen for an Asian All Star team in 1997, was nominated for the Arjuna Award, won 2 gold medals for India in the South Asian Games, and won 5 senior national gold medals for Railways and Tamil Nadu. Now, he's the director of Chennai's Professional Basketball Academy and Secretary-General of the IBPA, which was launched last year.

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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