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Basketball and India

Looking back at Kevin Durant's offseason trip to India in 2017

Kevin Durant in India
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Kevin Durant visited India near the end of July in 2017, making him arguably the greatest NBA player ever to have visited the country.

After landing early in the morning, Durant attended a welcome party that night that was organised in his honour.

The party was full of celebrities such as Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, television personality Rannvijay Singh and retired athletes like Virender Sehwag and Prakash Amritraj.

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Current and former NBA players travel the world to promote the sport of basketball and the NBA itself.

A visit by any current or former NBA player to India includes a trip to the Taj Mahal - KD's trip was no different.

Durant wasn't here as any other player - he was in India weeks after winning his first title as a member of the Golden State Warriors, earning Finals MVP honours with his performance.

In addition to being path-breaking and impactful, Durant's trip to India was historic.

Teaching 3,459 kids across multiple venues (NBA Academy India, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad), Durant set a Guinness World Record for the largest basketball lesson ever.

Another historic part of Durant's journey to India was that it made him the first NBA player - former or current - to visit the NBA Academy in India, ever since it was founded and setup in the summer of 2017.

There were a lot of significant aspects to Durant's travel halfway across the world.

Through his charity, the Kevin Durant Charity Fund, the multiple-time All-Star donated a couple of basketball courts to the Ramjas School.

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