Sacramento Kings Play Two Pre-season Games in India
Sacramento Kings is one of the surprises in the 2018-2019 NBA. Being in a bad trend and more populated by young players, Kings surprised the NBA with performances that were far from expectations. Although still failing to qualify for the playoffs, winning 39 wins last season makes them the only team that until the last two weeks of the regular season continues to overshadow the Los Angeles Clippers for one final position in the playoffs.
Thursday, August 1, 2019, local time, Kings again made a surprise. This time, their surprise will bring their fans who in Asia, especially India, are happy. Yes, Kings and the NBA have just released the preseason match schedule. Interestingly, Kings will play two of their five pre-season games in India. More precisely at the NCSI Dome, Mumbai.
This announcement seems to be proof of the words of the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, about a year ago . To the Hindustan Times , he claimed to have targeted India as one of the NBA’s next stopover countries. At that time, Adam had also sent one of their biggest ambassadors, Kevin Durant, there.
On the other hand, India and Kings themselves also have a closeness. The owner of the Kings, Vivek Ranadive, is someone who was born and raised in India, more precisely in Mumbai. He moved to the United States in 1970, went to college and became an entrepreneur until he bought Kings in 2013.
“Adam and I have talked about traveling to India for a long time. This requires a lot of planning and of course business that is not kidding, “explained Vivek to NBC Sports . “The NBA already has big fans in India and Mumbai. We have also opened an academy in Delhi. I appreciate the NBA for fulfilling their many promises and words about this. This is all extraordinary and great hard work, “he concluded.
In the two games, Kings will only face one opponent, Indiana Pacers. The first game will be held Thursday, October 4, 2019, local time while the second game will be held the day after. Then, Kings will return to Sacramento to host three pre-season games against the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and the Australian team, Melbourne United. (DRMK)