May 1, 2015

Hoopdarshan Episode 4: Grassroots NBA Basketball in India with Carlos Barroca

On Episode 4 of the Indian Basketball podcast Hoopdarshan, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok welcome Carlos Barroca, the Senior Director of Basketball Operations for NBA India. Barroca, who has spent the past eight months in India traveling the nation and passing on basketball knowledge and tactics in behalf of the NBA, talks about his optimism towards grassroots basketball in India, the upcoming visit by Indian-descent NBA player Sim Bhullar, his adventures with Indian languages, and more.

Barroca is from Portugal and has spent considerable amount of time in Mozambique. With 35 years of basketball experience, he spearheads the NBA's basketball development initiatives in India, which include training local coaches and players, executing grassroots programmes and working with key basketball stakeholders across India to grow the sport. In the past, he has played several different roles involved with basketball, mostly in Portugal. During the 2000-2001 season, Barroca served as the head coach of the Portuguese Basketball Federation and the national U-20 squad, and has joined the NBA’s Basketball without Borders programme as a guest coach since 2006. Following his time on the sidelines, Barroca was appointed as National Director of High School Sports Programme and selected as a member of the Supreme Council for Sports as well as the Olympic Committee of Portugal. Barroca also served as a consultant for Adecco, a Swiss HR company, S.A., where he promoted team building and motivation in corporate HR.

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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