Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Sports
1-min read

NBA in India: Sacramento Kings Coach Promises High-quality Basketball in Pre-season Friendlies

Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play each other at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai on Friday and Saturday.


Updated:October 3, 2019, 9:46 PM IST
NBA in India: Sacramento Kings Coach Promises High-quality Basketball in Pre-season Friendlies
Sacramento Kings' player Harrison Barnes said this was the start of many pre-season games in India. (Photo Credit: @NBA)

Mumbai: Sounding a warning to their rivals, Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton on Thursday promised high quality basketball as they gear up to take on Indiana Pacers in NBA pre-season friendly games, being held in India for the first time.

The two NBA teams will clash in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

"We love the group that we have and even though we are a new group, we know how to play basketball, we know how to coach basketball. It's about getting our team to come together," Walton, the former LA Lakers forward, said.

"No matter who is on the court, it's going to be very high level basketball because both teams know how important it is to us, and how important it is to the NBA."

Kings player Harrison Barnes also promised to compete hard.

"It is our first pre-season game and we want to get into rhythm. This is a start to lot more pre-season games coming here (in India)," Barnes said.

Marvin Bagley, 20, said that the team would treat Friday's clash as a normal game and his aim was to make it to the playoffs.

De'Aaron Fox, who is with the Kings for the third season, said the team will have to quickly learn and these games are only meant for that purpose.

The Sacramento players, who landed in the city after visiting the iconic Taj Mahal, participated in their training session where they performed their usual drills.

Kings' Indian owner Vivek Randive said he is super excited to be back the city of his origin.

"I'm happy to be back in the city of my forefathers. These games are a first step in a long journey. I fully expect these games will continue and hopefully multiple players will come out of India and play in the NBA. And hopefully, we will have more arenas to play these games," he said.

Basketball will be the second most popular sport in India after cricket. Of course, cricket is a national pastime and in the land of (MAK) Pataudi and (Sachin) Tendulkar it will be difficult to replace that but basketball and India are meant to be together.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch


Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results