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    Quote Originally Posted by 3Scout4India View Post
    This is the current roster of Indian senior national team.

    4 Sambhaji Kadam (179-G-80) of Young Cagers
    5 Talwinderjit Singh (182-G/F-86) of Young Cagers
    6 Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84) of Young Cagers
    7 Haraplsinh Vaghela (174-G-85) of Young Cagers
    8 Sunil Kumar Rathee (195-F-91)
    9 Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) of Young Cagers
    10 Prakash Mishra (180-G/F-82) of Western Railway Mumbai
    11 Vineeth Revi (202-C-84) of Young Cagers
    12 Abhilek Paul (180-G/F-86)
    13 Jayram Jat (189-G/F-81) of Young Cagers
    14 Dinesh Coimbatore (193-G-85)
    15 Jagdeep Singh (199-C-86) of Young Cagers
    Head Coach: Aleksandar Bucan (Serbia)

    There are some very good prospects such as Briguvanshi or Rathee. But India have many talented players all over the world that deserve to be in the squad.

    To become a real threat to other asian nations, India must add taller and more talented players such as centers Timir Patel (6'10, 1986), Sam Singh (6'9, 1985), brothers Tanveer (7'2) and Sim Bhullar (7'4), Ram Carlo Sharma (198, 1980) or outside players such as Anish Sharda (191, 1982) or Dipanjot Singh (6'3, 1989).

    I'm working on it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3Scout4India View Post
    Nope.

    Vishesh Bhriguvanshi is really good.



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    Dong Hanlin, who won the Frequent Flyer Award, is now playing for Guangdong in the Chinese Basketball Association, China's top league. He is listed as being born in 1991. Xu Tao, who won the Sportsmanship Award, recently was the center of the Chinese team that won the Asian Under-16 Championship. Players on that team could be born no earlier than 1993. This would mean that Xu would have been no more than 15 when he won this award -- if you believe he was born in 1993.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiziken_pinas View Post
    the lineup isn't as tall. Opposite of what I expected.

    anyway sir, are there taller players in the pool?
    India has taller players in youth squads. Such as Pethani Rekin Shantilal (206, 1990), Shadab Khan (206, 1992) and Dishant Vipul Shah (203, 1992).

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    Interesting story from SLAM Online.... Corruption exists in almost all Third World countries, but this is outrageous... Reminds me of "Slumdog Millionaire",
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    March 9, 2010 8:00 am
    Basketball at Gunpoint

    The harsh realities of corruption in Indian Basketball.

    by Karan Madhok

    Sport is supposed to be different. Sport is supposed to be a platform where a combination of talent, practice, and luck mesh together to create an alternative reality. In a vast and culturally dense country like India, the population is divided amongst millions of subgroups by state, language, caste, color, profession, and politics.

    But sports, and in our case, basketball, is supposed to be different — when basketball players step on to the court, something in their nature changes. They are no longer the desk clerk, the IT technician, the law-student, the father of two, the Hindu, the Muslim, the Marxist, or the liberal. They become basketball players. All the other staples of community division go out the window — the rich man doesn’t always win, the darker one isn’t discriminated against, the educated holds no advantage over the illiterate.

    Well, all that is supposed to happen, anyways.

    There are not many who take the sport seriously in India, but for the small population who do, basketball is their lifeline, their way out of dreaded pigeonholing in everyday society, where a boy in the service class will take a government job just like his father and a girl — any girl — will be married off sooner than she can learn to pronounce “Independence”. This is obviously not the trend in the modern, urban, upper-class Indian society; but the majority of middle and lower class ball players prefer to live in the alternative reality where their jump shot is more valuable to the world than the caste they were born into.

    For these serious ball players, the basketball court is held in reverence, respected like a temple, where all other realities become blurred away leaving room for something that puts them on a common playing field, something that is fair.

    But what is the point of reverence when it is nothing but a farce? When games are played not to win but to pave way for the ‘natural order’ of sport in the country; when results are determined not by the team with the more talent but the team with the stronger voice?

    Here is the latest example: Last month, the All India Inter University Basketball tournament, featuring the best college-level talent in the country, concluded in my hometown of Varanasi. Hosted by the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), this tournament featured the best four teams from each of the four zones in the country. 16 teams took part in this exciting competition, which featured two local teams in the final — the hosts BHU versus the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth (MGKV). BHU beat MGKV 63-56 to lift the trophy in front of their home fans, and thus became the best university basketball team in the country.

    But the result is far from the complete truth. Players from visiting Delhi and Rajasthan universities alleged that they had to forfeit or lose their games over threats at gunpoint!

    To everyone’s shock (or perhaps not), the entire starting five of the MGKV squad didn’t play a single minute in the tournament’s final against the BHU. These included 23-year-old Vikram ‘Dicky’ Parmar, the best player in the tournament, and one of the most talented young players in the country. The excuses for this ranged from “mild injuries” to “protecting the players from future injuries”.

    Really? Why would you protect your players in the FINAL of the most important basketball tournament of their time in university?

    The truth is this: It had been agreed from before that the MGKV coach would only play his reserves against BHU in the final, so that BHU could win their hometown tournament and BHU’s longtime revered coach KN Rai would be given a victorious retirement party.

    The game itself exposed this charade further — after trailing for most of the three quarters, MGKV reserves actually made an amazing comeback in the fourth and took a one-point lead against BHU in the final two minutes. At this point, the MGKV coach had a word with his second squad, and subsequently, MGKV players practically gave up, loosening up their defense and standing around as the BHU scored freely to pick up a victory.

    The most shocking fact about this farce isn’t that the above mentioned incidents took place; it is that everyone involved with the tournament and the teams taking part in the finals silently let it happen. The crowd, although uncomfortable with the happenings on court, simply sat back and watched. The media made a soft whimper about it on the following days, but the organizing associations turned a blind eye. Even the coaches and players of MGKV could only respond with a sigh, agreeing “these things just happen.”

    They just happen. When I spoke to former UP player and Varanasi-based basketball coach Jitendar Kumar about this incident, his only response was that these things are “natural” in such tournaments — everyone from the referees, gun-toting bullies, and even opposing coaches and players get involved in making sure the home squads take the trophy. The teams agree to the result: That is what is supposed to happen because it always does.

    Let me also add Varanasi has had a reputation of being uniquely illustrious in churning out national-level basketball talents. Unfortunately, this ancient city, also known for attracting pilgrims and tourists from around the world, happens to be in one of India’s major crime belts across Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

    In the days following this story, I received a range of reactions from the fans. Subhash Mahajan, who is a basketball coach in rural parts of India, shared that he wasn’t surprised with the result, adding the sport is tainted on every district, state, or institution level in the country.

    Players from the other teams who took part in the competition also complained of how the atrocities could take place under the nose of some of the event’s organizers. I can’t think of an apt NBA equivalent — how about Gilbert Arenas threatening the Lakers at gunpoint to lose the NBA Finals, right under David Stern’s eye. The gunpoint thing may not be completely unimaginable in Arenas’ case, although the thought of the Wizards in the Finals may be a bit too farfetched.

    A reader of my blog, Vivek Taterway, once shared this tragic story: “My brother, who had mistakenly scored a goal at a University Football Tournament many summers ago at their rival’s home ground, barely escaped with his life. He actually ran off before the game ended! Today that event is recalled at family gatherings with loads of laughter but the irony cannot be missed.”

    If the biggest university-level championship is treated under such conditions, we are doing nothing but corrupting the very core of what will shape our national sport teams in the future. What is the point of being true to basketball when those who run it won’t be true to you? If Indian authorities are really serious about promoting basketball as a major sport in India, it should first clean out such practices in all levels — a task much easier said than done, and for as long as our authorities remain corrupt, there is no chance of any serious attempt at this.

    Basketball (and sport) is supposed to be an escape from the harsh realities from life’s other trends and professions, but we have unfortunately become used to accepting a corrupt system as the only reality. We need a united effort in the fans, players, and federation to fight against this. Let’s not convince our players to corrupt the one thing in life they love most: basketball.

    Karan Madhok works as a Communications Officer in an international school in the Himalayan town of Mussoorie, India. He is a former journalist for The Times of India newspaper and a lifelong basketball fanatic. Read more of his work at his blog, The Hoopistani.
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    http://www.ptinews.com/news/631847_F...ague-in-Mumbai
    First professional basketball league in Mumbai

    Mumbai, Apr 29 (PTI) The country's first professional baseketball league is to be hosted by Mastan YMCA, the cradle of basketball in Mumbai that has produced some of the finest hoopsters, from May 5-15.

    The inaugural Mastan Basketball Professional League for men and women, sponsored by Lakadawala Developers and organised by the Basketball Federation of India, will present a unique opportunity to the country's leading players.

    For a change they would not represent their clubs or companies but would be playing in teams picked by the BFI, prompting players from different states, backgrounds and styles to play together, a media release said today.

    While a pool of 80 players will be selected to form eight men's teams, 40 women players will be picked to form four women's teams.
    It's good news, but I'll be honest: I'm not very optimistic about basketball development in India.
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    Is India developing its team for the Asian Games?

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    Kansas City, USA Basketball coach Shahid Bhat recently returned from his
    2nd trip to Srinagar, Kashmir, India where he visited high schools for coaching and skills training. He is happy to report that the trip was a success and he was able to make connections with numerous young athletes and provide them with first hand basketball skills training from an experienced USA player and coach.

    Some of the highlights of the trip include clinics conducted at Tyndale Biscoe/Mallinson School and Delhi Public School for both boys and girls. In addition, he was present during the DP Dhar Memorial tournament and officiated the matches as a guest referee. He was also extended, and accepted, an offer to coach boys and girls basketball at Delhi Public School Srinagar during the months of March 2011 through June 2011.

    His goals are to continue to introduce the sport of basketball in Kashmir, India. Currently, DPS School has the only indoor basketball gymnasium in Kashmir, which affects the growth of the sport. He can be contacted on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KashmirHoops.

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    A welcome development for Indian Basketball

    The hoops game in India is set soar to the next level in the country after the Basketball Federation of India Monday joined hands with IMG Reliance, a joint venture between IMG Worldwide and Reliance Industries, to develop the sport in the country, from the grassroots up to the professional level.

    The initiative is poised to significantly impact the competitive level of the sport and enhance the pool of talent in the country. The deal will see IMG Reliance assisting BFI on financial, promotional and technical aspects. As part of the agreement, the BFI has granted IMG Reliance commercial rights relating to basketball in India, including sponsorship, advertising, broadcasting, merchandising, film, video and data, intellectual property, franchising and new league rights. The highlight of the agreement is expected to be the development of a professional basketball league in India in which players from around the globe will compete alongside Indian players, similar to the CBL in China. A critical element of the new initiative will be the development of world class infrastructure in India to support the effort, including the construction of new arenas and training facilities.

    In line with its focus on developing the game at the grassroots level, IMG Reliance will advise the BFI regarding the organization and management of school and college leagues throughout the country. This will create a platform to develop and augment the talent pool of young men and women, enhance their opportunities to compete internationally, and successfully represent India on the world stage.

    Talking about the deal, BFI secretary general Harish Sharma said, We cannot mention the finances of the deal but IMG reliance would be supporting all the programmes BFI would be conducting across the country. Sharma further added that the agreement the BFI had signed with IMG Reliance was for 30 years.

    IMG Reliance would be commercially supporting our school/college leagues, championships etc. They will also be helping in gradation of the players where in the top players will get financial support to play the game. International expertise will be brought in to India to promote the game. As a long term plan, they also plan to promote a professional league in future, he added.

    This is a step to promote and popularise the game in India. IMG is a global company and will surely help us in making the sport the second most popular sport in a few years, he added.

    'We are working towards kicking off the leagues at the onset of the sporting calendar in the country,' Sharma further added.

    While signing off however, Sharma was at pains to clarify that the deal that the BFI had just signed on to would in no way compromise the schools level and above grassroots initiatives that the Mahindra Group in partnership with the NBA has kicked into high gear - the Mahindra NBA Challenge.

    Commenting on the development, Andrew Wildblood, IMG Reliance said, 'The game of basketball is one of the most popular spectator sports across the world. With the active support and participation from the Basketball Federation of India, we will work to take the sport to the next level. IMG Reliance will leverage IMG's unparalleled experience of developing sporting leagues and talent development to make basketball in India a commercially exciting sporting proposition with a large fan base. The convergence of sport and entertainment has been successfully demonstrated over the past several years in India. We strongly believe there is room for multiple commercially successful professional sports in India. We further believe that basketball has all the necessary ingredients to take a significant share of the growing professional sports market in the country and to have great appeal for the Indian consumer.'

    Earlier this year, IMG Worldwide and Reliance Industries created a joint venture in India, IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., to focus on unlocking the sporting potential, and create and operate major sporting and entertainment assets in the country. The association with BFI is IMG Reliance's first significant initiative in this direction.

    IMG Reliance also plans to establish sporting academies in India, modeled on the world renowned IMG Academies at Bradenton, Florida, to provide athlete and coach training in the country.
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    Four-time National Basketball Association All-Star Center Dwight Howard, of the Orlando Magic, will travel to India from Aug. 10 to 14 to participate in a series of basketball events in Bangalore and Delhi to further the growth of basketball and the NBA in the world's second-largest nation
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    Los Angeles Lakers Spanish Forward Pau Gasol will be visiting India's cities of Mumbai and Delhi as a designated Ambassador of the NBA in collaboration with UNICEF from August 23 - August 28, 2010.

    Gasol will be taking part in Basketball and Humanitarian activities.
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    In the years to come, India will be a basketball powerhouse in Asia. They have the size, they need to improve their skills. Jai Hind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by obama2008 View Post
    In the years to come, India will be a basketball powerhouse in Asia. They have the size, they need to improve their skills. Jai Hind!
    somehow in Olympic youth games in singapore they are probably the shortest team on the tournament, even singapore team taller than them..
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    Default XIX Commonwealth Games

    Basketball fans in India are still disappointed that Basketball was not included in this year's Commonwealth Games due to a request by FIBA on which citing the hectic schedule by the Basketball Federations of Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and Canada.

    Personally, I thought Basketball will be a staple fixture for the Commonwealth Games since the games were held in Melbourne.

    Currently, there has been no discussion for Basketball to be reinstated in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    Basketball fans in India are still disappointed that Basketball was not included in this year's Commonwealth Games due to a request by FIBA on which citing the hectic schedule by the Basketball Federations of Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and Canada.

    Personally, I thought Basketball will be a staple fixture for the Commonwealth Games since the games were held in Melbourne.

    Currently, there has been no discussion for Basketball to be reinstated in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014.
    even cricket was cancelled, everyone knows that India is a cricket crazed country. All that's left is handball for them
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    Recently named India National Men's Basketball Team Head Coach for the Asian Games Bill Harris was interviewed:

    Q: What inspired you to return to coaching? How did you choose India?

    Harris: When I didn't sign a new contract with Wheaton, I hadn't thought to myself that I am retiring from basketball. I love coaching and I love competition - I have a fire in my belly which made me return to the game.

    Basketball is an exciting sport - I missed the feeling of walking into a loud arena and being on the sidelines directing the games.

    I was initially not aware that there was an opening in the head coach position here. I was motivated to take up this challenge by the NBA and [Director of Basketball Operations-NBA India] Troy Justice who helped me in making this decision. The needs of the Senior Men's team have been described to me as the ones that fill my skill-set. I will be bringing discipline and am known for being a teacher of defensive intensity.

    Q: India is a drastically different environment from your previous coaching jobs. How have you prepared for the challenges you will face here?

    Harris: Soon after I accepted this position, I met a number of coaches to get their ideas and suggestions about this assignment over the last month. I have been developing practice plans, too. Facilities are different here - I have learnt that I will have to adjust to all the other things related to organising basketball practicing here, outside of just the coaching.
    Q: What will be your approach when working with the Indian team?

    Harris: I will take the first few days to evaluate the talent that I am working with. I want to find the most inspired and the hungriest players. I want to find men who want to compete and want to become better. I will be looking for intensity as well as talent.

    We will probably be spending more time dealing with the defensive aspects of the game. One of the reasons I was hired for this job was to implement an intense, team-oriented defensive system. As I coach, I am able to see defensive intangibles that a fan doesn't see. I am looking forward to the challenge of helping this team get better.

    Q: What will be the team's expectations for the Asian Games?

    Harris: I'm a blank slate with the team right now. I do not have any result expectations from this team when we go out to the Asian Games. But by the end of my time here, I do expect to have a team that compete as hard as they possibly can. Most importantly, they must understand that basketball is a team sport, and individual recognition will come with team success.

    India should understand that the name 'India' on their jersey is important, and not the individual names.

    Q: What is your vision for basketball in India?

    Harris: I hope I will be able to help build on the foundation that has been built by the BFI and the NBA in the development of the basketball programme here. Rome wasn't built in a day - we have to lay the stepping stones to our plans first.

    Why shouldn't India be amongst the world's elite in 20 years? Why can't India's youth grow up to become great players? Why can't the Indian people get a chance to watch one of their own playing in the NBA? It would be my dream to watch India play the USA in the Olympic gold medal game one day and wonder who to root for!

    30 years ago, Americans were very poor in soccer and went through some growing pains. We lay the right foundations then and are seeing the results now. The same thing can happen with basketball here.

    This country has a large population with a lot of potential and untapped resources. Basketball in India is a goldmine waiting to be developed. It will be a progress that will take some time, but the future is bright and I'm honoured to be a part of this movement.
    Harris is the former Head Coach of Wheaton College Basketball Team (NCAA Division III)

    Harris is set to coach a selection of players for the National Team.
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    Former Minnesota LYNX (WNBA) player Tamika Raymond has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Women's National Team for the Asian games.


    Raymond also spent some time as an Assistant Coach to NCAA Division I schools: Ohio State and University of Kansas.
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    Former India Men's U-18 captain Dishant Shah has been training with the senior National Team and National Team Head Coach Bill Harris is impressed with Shah's polished post moves and athleticism despite standing around 6'8.

    So far, the confirmed locks on the team for the Asian Games are:

    Vishesh Bhriguvanshi
    Jagdeep Singh
    Yadvinder Singh

    Shiv Kumar was a big loss. He could have been captain.
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    I'm curious, is basketball EVER shown on Indian TV? Some of the NBA people talk like India just needs a Yao Ming to embrace basketball like China. However, before Yao, the sport was regularly played in China, there was a pro league since 1995, and Michael Jordan was a household name. I'm not sure India will embrace basketball overnight even if an Indian 7-footer makes the NBA now.
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