NBA sends Mutombo to India for court dedications

The NBA is taking another step in its plans to expand its

presence in India, sending Dikembe Mutombo to take part in a pair

of events this week.

The former All-Star center, recently hired as the league’s

global ambassador, was in Mumbai on Wednesday to unveil two

refurbished courts, along with a learning center, which the league

said will benefit more than 1,500 children.

He will take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for another new

court Friday in Chennai, then remain there to run a coaching clinic

over the weekend.

Much as it previously did with China, the NBA has tried to

capitalize on its popularity in India. The league has held a number

of events there the last two years, including a Basketball without

Borders camp last summer.