October 27, 2015

Hoopdarshan Episode 19: NBA 2016-16 Season Preview with Vishnu Ravi Shankar

Good news: the 2015-16 NBA season is here! Better news: you get to hear three Indian accents break down the top storylines across the league to build your appetite. Hosted by Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok, the new episode of Hoopdarshan features Vishnu Ravi Shankar, the co-founder of Indian basketball website Ekalavyas. Take a listen for our breakdown of the Thunder, Cavs, Spurs, Warriors, Bulls, Clippers, Satnam Singh, DeMarcus Cousins, and the sad fates of our own favourite teams. Finally, we offer our final predictions for MVP, the top individual awards, and eventually, the 2016 NBA champ.

Shankar and his law-school colleagues launched Ekalavyas.com a few years ago and it stands as one of the top sources of for Indian basketball news today. Shankar hosts his own podcast called 'NBA on Ekalavyas', has covered national and international basketball events all around India, and secured interviews with foreign and domestic basketball players for Ekalavyas in recent years.

Starting with each of our favourite teams (Mavericks, Knicks, Lakers), we move on in Episode 19 to talk about the top storylines of the upcoming season, including Durant's return for the Thunder, Aldridge's fit with the Spurs, LeBron's quest to bring Cleveland a title, the Warriors' quest to be respected as reigning champions, the Clippers quest to be successful villains, the Bulls' prospects under a new coach, and more. We also digress into a couple of #ManCrush moments (Kawhi, Boogie, Rubio, Mirotic, Hezonja) and make infallible (or perhaps totally flawed) end-of-season predictions. Listen in and prime yourself for the upcoming season!

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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