Basketball and India

Suyash Mehta, NBA's first Indian-origin referee, is one of three to be promoted to a full-time staff officials

Suyash Mehta
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The NBA gets its first-ever Indian-origin referee.

In an official announcement made by the league, Suyash Mehta was one of three referees to be promoted to full-time NBA staff officials,

"We are pleased to welcome Simone [Jelks], Suyash and Andy [Nagy] to our full-time staff," said Monty McCutchen, NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training. "They have demonstrated through the growth and the quality of their performance, they warrant working NBA games on a regular basis."

In the past, Mehta has officiated G League and Summer League games. Last season, he was named to the NBA's officiating staff for the first time. He had refereed in 13 games and was one of six to be named under the title of 'non-staff officials'.

Mehta, whose parents are from India, also has coaching experience at various collegiate levels including the Atlantic 10, Big South, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, NCAA Division III and junior college officiating experience.

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