New Delhi: As India gears up to witness first-ever NBA match in the country tomorrow in Mumbai, the excitement among basketball fans is jumping high.
The NBA India Games 2019 will feature the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers and both teams will be playing two preseason games on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at the Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium in Mumbai. This will be the first time that teams from a North American sports league will play in India.
The Kings (7) and Pacers (7) have played a combined of 14 NBA matches outside North America heading into The NBA India Games 2019.
Earlier today, it was revealed that Nita Ambani, the chairperson of Reliance Foundation, will be presenting the ceremonial 'Match Ball' to NBA officials on October 4, ahead of NBA game between Indiana Pacers vs Sacramento Kings in India.
The match ball handover will be a mark of welcoming the sport to India as the first-ever NBA game will be played in the country.
Youtube sensation Bhuvan Bam will be singing the National Anthem at the event, which will be the first time that an NBA event will witness India's national anthem.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Tomorrow's a big day for me. I'll be singing the National Anthem at the first-ever NBA games happening in Mumbai. This will be the first time the Indian national anthem is being sung at the games. Excited and filled with joy, Jai Hind".