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.