The National Basketball Association has announced that former NBA player Kevin Martin will visit India as part of the league’s continued efforts to grow the game of basketball in the country.
Martin will first stop in Mumbai on Jan 12, where he will interact with Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA participants at the Dhirubhai Ambani School. On Jan. 14, he will make an appearance as a guest analyst on Sony SIX’s NBA morning show “Around the Hoop”. Martin will then travel to Delhi on Jan. 16 to attend another Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program at St. Paul’s School, Safdarjung, followed by a visit to the NBA Basketball School at Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai on Jan. 17. Finally, Martin will travel to Noida on Jan. 18 where he will conduct a clinic for the nation’s top basketball prospects at The NBA Academy India.
“I look forward to visiting India to promote the game of basketball,” said Martin. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for the sport in the country, and I’m excited to do my part to help propel the game forward.”
Martin, a 6’7” guard from Western Carolina University, was selected 26th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2004 NBA Draft. Martin also had stints with the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs before announcing his retirement in 2016.
More than 30 active and retired NBA and WNBA players have visited India with the NBA since 2006, including Sim Bhullar, Bruce Bowen, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Seth Curry, Pau Gasol, Robert Horry, Dwight Howard, Robin Lopez, Brian Shaw, Shawn Marion, Jason Richardson and Kevin Durant.
Since its launch in 2013, The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than six million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide. The program is part of the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India. In April 2017, the NBA launched NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs around the world open to male and female players ages 6-18 from outside the U.S. The first NBA Basketball Schools launched in New Delhi and Mumbai as part of a multiyear agreement with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies.
The NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top male and female prospects from throughout India and the first of its kind in the country, officially opened in May 2017. NBA Champion Kevin Durant became the first active NBA player to visit the academy in July 2017.