From the eyes of an Indian Basketball fan, this past week has been an immensely eventful one.
Rashard Lewis visits India
It began last Saturday, on our nation's Republic Day, when 2013 NBA Champion Rashard Lewis appeared on the NBA's Saturday Morning Live show.
More: NBA India All-Access - Rashard Lewis
He was in India to promote NBA's fanwear collection for kids at Shoppers Stop and conduct basketball clinics in Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Even the 'shoppers stopped' when Rashard Lewis made his entry! pic.twitter.com/NPB6QAKyZ6- NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) January 28, 2019
The 2-time All-Star even conducted basketball clinics at the Ryan Global School in Mumbai:
A day later, Lewis was in Bengaluru at the New Horizon Public School:
While Lewis was spreading the love for the game and giving young ballers in India the motivation and inspiration to follow their basketball dreams, the Basketball Federation of India was taking some great steps of their own.
BFI conducts coaches conference
Over the course of the past week, the country's basketball federation held a coaches conference at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium and former national team coach Scott Flemming was part of the proceedings.
I had the privilege to share my philosophy with national coaches at the BFI Coaches Conference in Bangalore this week. I commend BFI for organizing this. Many good ideas by this group of coaches. #movingforward pic.twitter.com/OJ39H1FzP2- Scott Flemming (@scottwflemming) January 30, 2019
The game in India is truly growing across all age groups.
NBA Academy India prospects meet Dwyane Wade
Halfway across the world, a couple of boys from the NBA Academy India - Vivek Chauhan and Jagshaanbir Singh.- are currently in New York City as part of the NBA Academy Select Team.
During their time in the city that never sleeps, the duo were part of a group that got to meet 3-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade.
The #NBAAcademy recruits from 🇮🇳 are having a blast in NY! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Iaeba0z7Jh- NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) January 26, 2019
The duo have been in New York as part of the NBA Academy's week-long opportunity for select prospects to train with professional trainers, scrimmage with American high school teams and live the NBA life in New York City.
They came, they saw and they will conquer!#NBAAcademy pic.twitter.com/6tFkV1Ps2J- NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) February 1, 2019
Disha Patani at Staples Center
Popular Bollywood actress Disha Patani was at Staples Center when the Lakers and Clippers faced-off this past Friday:
It was the game LeBron James made his return to the Lakers' line-up after more than a month. With a near triple-double of 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 assists, James led the Lakers to a much-needed victory in overtime against town rivals - the Clippers.
Earlier in the month, another Bollywood actress was present at Staples Center. It was Sonam Kapoor along with her husband Anand Ahuja at the Lakers-Warriors game on MLK Day.
That's a wrap for everything NBA, Basketball and India over the past week.
More: NBA Academy India's Women's Camp - The Springboard
FYI, a couple of weeks back from Jan. 22-25, the NBA successfully conducted their second NBA Academy India Women's Camp. Here's a recap:
2019 #NBAAcademy India Women's Camp was a journey to remember! pic.twitter.com/pvMRvzxDtN- NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) January 30, 2019