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NBA India Press Release: The Mahindra NBA Challenge, the largest, multi-city, community-based basketball league in India, is tipping off in Ludhiana (Punjab) on July 28 for the third time in the city. Conducted in collaboration with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Punjab Basketball Association, the program will run for seven weeks culminating on September 9.
The Ludhiana league will feature 112 teams and games will be played at Guru Nanak Stadium. For it's third season, the Mahindra NBA Challenge has already been held in Mumbai, Delhi, and following the on-going Kochi and Ludhiana stop, will be held in Bangalore. The five-city league features eight divisions total for males and females: sub-junior for ages 12 to 13, youth for ages 14 to 16, junior for ages 16 to 18 and adults ages 19 and over.
For the first time this year, the Mahindra NBA Challenge will feature a National Championship which will take place in Delhi from October 4-7, 2012. The winning teams from the Senior and U18 divisions, for both Men and Women, in each city will travel to Delhi to compete for the championship and train with an NBA Legend.
The programme has rapidly expanded since its introduction in 2009 with the number of teams participating doubling in the second season. The programme has helped to identify and develop top basketball talent, with the Indian National Team extending training camp invites to 20 male and female players that participated in the Mahindra NBA Challenge.
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NBA India Press Release: The Mahindra NBA Challenge, the largest, multi-city, community-based basketball league in India, is tipping off in Kochi (Kerala) for the first time ever on July 21. Conducted in collaboration with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), the Kerala Basketball Association, Regional Sports Center Kochi and Ernakulum District Basketball Association, the programme will run for seven weeks culminating on September 2.
This marks the NBA’s first programme in Kochi, showcasing the league’s commitment to growing basketball across the country. The Kochi League will feature 120 teams and games will be played at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The programme has already been held in Mumbai and Delhi this season, and following the Kochi stop, will be held in Bangalore and Ludhiana. The five-city league features eight divisions total for males and females: sub-junior for ages 12 to 13, youth for ages 14 to16, junior for ages 16 to 19 and adults ages 19 and over.
For the first time, the Mahindra NBA Challenge will feature a National Championship which will take place in Delhi on October 4-7, 2012. The winning teams from the Senior and Under 18 divisions, for both Men and Women, in each city will travel to Delhi to compete for the championship and train with an NBA Legend!
The Mahindra NBA Challange programme has rapidly expanded since its introduction in 2009 with the number of teams participating doubling in season two. The programme has helped to identify and develop top basketball talent, with the Indian National Team extending training camp invites to 20 male and female players that participated in the Mahindra NBA Challenge.
July 17, 2012
Ball-y-wood: Former NBA player and coach Kenny Natt is in the middle of a basketball revolution in India
This feature was originally published in the August 2012 edition of SLAM Magazine (SLAM No. 160)
by Karan Madhok - photo courtesy Angad B. Sodhi
But then the voices start and you realize that something is different. Basketball words are being used, but they are expressed in a jumbled mix of different languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi, too.
This isn’t a pick-up run on the East Coast or a college game in mid-America or an NBA game on the West Coast. This is a court thousands of miles of land and ocean away from those basketball havens. This is India’s Senior Men’s National Basketball squad—a select group of the best basketball players chosen from a population of 1.2 billion people—hard at practice. In the midst of these players stands their coach, an American named Kenny Natt, who has a rich history in the NBA.
July 16, 2012
Amandeep Singh (Kotkapura) & Anshika Kanojia (Mumbai) crowned Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Skills Challenge Champions
Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Skills Challenge in New Delhi on Sunday and earned an all-expense paid trip to NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston, Texas.
The two winners also received a glittering trophy, a Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Basketall, as well as a pair of adidas shoes as part of their gift hampers at the hands of NBA star Raja Bell. Singh and Kanojia, both 12 years old, were crowned champions after setting the winning timings in the boys and girls categories of 30.79 seconds and 35.26 seconds respectively.
Basketball Federation of India (BFI).
Following the conclusion of the City Skills Challenge which took place in Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Chandigarh and Delhi, 10 winners from each of the five cities (5 boys and 5 Girls) had earned the right to compete in the National Finals.
With the venue already buzzing as the action got underway, the arrival of Utah Jazz shooting guard Raja Bell took proceedings to another level. After addressing the spectators and the participants, Bell took a crack at the Skill Challenge course himself drawing huge applause from all present.
The National Finals marked the end of the 2012 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA programme. The school-based program, launched in collaboration with HP and Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in May, has taught basketball to approximately 10,000 students and 800 coaches in five Indian cities.
July 14, 2012
India's Senior Women's basketball team returned from the 34th William Jones Cup Basketball Tournament from July 7-11, 2012 in Miaoli County, Taiwan with a 2-3 record to finish at fourth place out of six teams. India lost their first three games to Cathay Life, Chunghua Telecom, and Japan, before winning their last two versus Chapman University and Malaysia.
The William Jones Cup is an invitational basketball championship held annually in Taiwan. This year's tournament was held at the Miaoli Dome Gymnasium in Miaoli County. The Men's tournament follows the Women's championship, but India's Men's team will not be taking part.
India started the tournament with their first game versus Japan - it was an 11 point loss for India, but even in defeat, they showed potential of the team's talent. India's superstar Geethu Anna Jose had a monster game with 34 points and 22 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 86-75 loss. Jose was again on fire against Taiwanese club Chunghua Telecom as she put in 27 points and 15 rebounds in a 93-75 loss. Jose's teammate from Kerala - young star Jeena PS - dropped 24 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. India stood no chance in the next game versus Cathay Life which resulted in a 96-53 win for the eventual champions.
Jose was India's undisputed superstar, leading with 22.8 ppg and 15 rpg through the course of the tournament. Jeena PS was India's second-highest scorer, pouring in 11.3 points per game.
- 1. Cathay Life 5-0
- 2. Chunghua Telecom 4-1
- 3. Japan 3-2
- 4. India 2-3
- 5. Malaysia 1-4
- 6. Chapman University 0-5
India were led by Head Coach C. Thinakaran and Assistant Coach Prem Kumar.
July 10, 2012
Relative to all the hundreds of other players in the NBA, 6 foot 5 Raja Bell should be no more distinguished than the next average backup shooting guard in the league. And yet, when I think of the 35-year-old sharpshooter and defensive specialist, I think of three different and memorable Raja Bells. I think of the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers when Bell, as an unknown rookie, was a surprise contributor to the squad led by Allen Iverson which made the Finals. I think of the mid 2000s Phoenix Suns when Bell emerged as a sharpshooter in Phoenix’s run and gun system and was a famous menace to Kobe Bryant. And I think of him in a Jazz uniform (where he has played in two separate tenures) as a sound, reliable backup.
NBA India announced today that Bell will become the 20th NBA/WNBA player or legend to visit India since 2008. Bell will be in New Delhi from July 12-17th to train with India’s National Men’s Team and participate in a variety of fan events and basketball development programmes.
Undrafted in 1999, Bell began his pro career with the 76ers in 2001, and went on to play for the Mavericks, Jazz, Suns, Bobcats, Warriors, and returned to the Jazz (with whom he currently plays) in 2010. As a Sun, Bell made the NBA’s All Defensive First Team in 2007.
“Raja made his mark in the NBA through perseverance, strong defense and a team-first mentality that provides a great example to Indian youth that if you work hard you can achieve your goals,” said Heidi Ueberroth, NBA President, International. “We are thrilled at the response we have received in India thus far and bringing over NBA players helps inspire young fans and is a great way to teach the game.”
On July 14, Bell will attend the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Skills Challenge Finals at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi. The school-based program has taught basketball to approximately 10,000 students and 800 coaches in five Indian cities. The top 10 players from each city (top 5 boys and top 5 girls) earned a trip to Delhi to compete in the National Finals. One boy and one girl will be crowned National Champion and win a trip to NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Bell will also conduct an NBA Cares clinic at Thyagaraj Stadium on July 14 in conjunction with Love in Action – a Delhi-based NGO which uses the sport of basketball to provide life-skills education to children from slums in East Delhi. Forty children will participate in the clinic.
On July 15, Bell will host a clinic for select Mahindra NBA Challenge participants at Delhi Public School (Vasant Kunj) and on July 16 and 17 he will train with India’s Senior Men’s and U18 Men’s National Basketball Teams at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi.
July 2, 2012
The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has announced the U16 Boys & Girls basketball team rosters who will be representing India at the 5th 'Children of Asia' International Sports Games, set to be held from July 4-12 in the cities of Yakutsk, Mirny, and Neryungri of the Sakha Republic in Yakutia, Russia.
India's U16 Boys' Team
- Narender (Haryana)
- Sanjeev Kumar (Bihar)
- Abhishek Kumar (Uttar Pradesh)
- Himanshu Singh (Uttar Pradesh)
- Rudrask Kaustubh Pandey (Uttar Pradesh)
- Sagar Joshi (West Bengal)
- Dildar Singh Brar (Punjab)
- Ashiv Jain (Madhya Pradesh)
- Akashdeep Hazra (Gujarat)
- Gurinder Singh Gill (Punjab)
- Gaurav Ohlan (Haryana)
- Mahipal Singh (Rajasthan)
India's U16 Girls' Team
- Sharanjeet Kaur (Chhattisgarh)
- Sangeeta Kaur (Chhattisgarh)
- Elizabeth Hilarious (Kerala)
- Poojamol KS (Kerala)
- Ishwari Pingle (Maharashtra)
- Shruti Menon (Maharashtra)
- Devirajalakshhmi Kirubanandhan (Tamil Nadu)
- Sharmila Rajan (Tamil Nadu)
- Preeti Kumari (Uttar Pradesh)
- Barkha Sonkar (Uttar Pradesh)
- Kavita Akula (Chhattisgarh)
- Pooja Ambastha (Chhattisgarh)
July 1, 2012
The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has released the roster of India's Senior Women's team for the 34th William Jones Cup invitational basketball tournament, set to be held at the Miaoli Dome Gymnasium in Miaoli County, Taiwan from July 7-11.
returned with a 1-3 record from the 2011 William Jones Cup, while the hosts Taiwan won the tournament on home soil.
Indian eves will be led by Head Coach C. Thinakaran from Tamil Nadu. The squad features nine players from the National championship winning Indian Railways squad.
India's Women's Team for 2012 William Jones Cup
- Akanksha Singh (Delhi)
- Geethu Anna Jose (Indian Railways)
- Anitha Paul Durai (Indian Railways)
- Anju Lakra (Indian Railways)
- S. Kokila (Indian Railways)
- Smruthi Radhakrishnan (Indian Railways)
- Kiranjit Kaur (Indian Railways)
- Apoorva Murlinath (Indian Railways)
- Kavita (Indian Railways)
- Aruna Kindo (Indian Railways)
- Jeena PS (Kerala)
- Pratima Singh (Delhi)
- Head Coach: C. Thinakaran (Tamil Nadu)
- Assistant Coach: Prem Kumar (Kerala)