Sharpshooter Kevin Martin, who played twelve seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2016, will be the latest former/current NBA player to visit India this week. Martin is scheduled to be in India from January 12-18, 2017 to help the NBA's continuing efforts of promoting the game in the country.
Martin will first stop in Mumbai on January 12, where he will interact with Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA participants at the Dhirubhai Ambani School. On January 14, he will make an appearance as a guest analyst on Sony SIX’s NBA morning show “Around the Hoop”. Martin will then travel to Delhi on January 16 to attend another Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program at St. Paul’s School, Safdarjung, followed by a visit to the NBA Basketball School at Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai on Jan. 17. Finally, he will travel to Greater Noida on January 18 where he will conduct a clinic for the nation’s top basketball prospects at The NBA Academy India.
“I look forward to visiting India to promote the game of basketball,” said Martin. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for the sport in the country, and I’m excited to do my part to help propel the game forward.”
Originally drafted 26th in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, Martin - a 6-foot-7 shooting guard - enjoyed a fairly accomplished career. He spent his first six seasons with the Kings before playing for Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves, and finally the Spurs, with whom he retired in 2016. He was a great outside and mid-range shooter and led the NBA in free throws in 2010-11.