Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA returned in 2021.
Hosted by Bryan Garmoth, the series featured NBA, WNBA and NBA G League players, legends and coaches engaging participants in skill development, leadership and life skills sessions every Saturday morning IST over a 12-week span that started o n March 6.
The guests on Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Live Virtual Sessions have so far included:
Sydney Colson | Roy Hibbert | Azura Stevens | Roy Rana | Sam Perkins | Dearica Hamby | Ticha Penicheiro | Tyrese Haliburton | Nikoloz Tskitishvili | Princepal Singh | Ebony Hoffman | Kendall Gill
Week 1 - WNBA star Sydney Colson (March 6)
Sydney Colson, a 5'8" guard, is a six-year veteran who currently plays for the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.
Week 2 - Former NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert (March 13)
Currently, a player development associate with the Philadelphia 76ers, Roy Hibbert, a two-time NBA All-Star, was the anchor of the defence of the Indiana Pacers when they made it two straight Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014.
Week 3 - WNBA star Azura Stevens (March 20)
Azura Stevens, the sixth-overall pick of the 2018 WNBA Draft, is a 6'6" forward/center with the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.
Week 4 - Sacramento Kings assistant coach Roy Rana (March 27)
Roy Rana, an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings since 2019, was the head coach at Toronto's Ryerson University since 2009.
Born to Indian-born parents, Rana has had experience coaching the Canadian national team since 2009 including leading them to three bronze and two silver medals across multiple junior-level tournaments.
Week 5 - Former NBA player Sam Perkins (April 3)
Sam Perkins, a 17-year NBA veteran with three Finals appearances (Lakers - 1991, SuperSonis - 1996, Pacers - 2000), is an Olympic gold medalist (1984) and was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.
Week 6 - WNBA player Dearica Hamby (April 10)
Dearica Hamby is a current WNBA player with the San Antonio Stars, which became the Las Vegas Aces. Drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, she is a two-time winner of the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (2019, 2020).
Week 7 - Former WNBA All-Star Ticha Penicheiro (April 17)
Ticha Penicheiro is a former WNBA All-Star, who played 14 years in the league from 1998 to 2012 after being second overall in the 1998 WNBA Draft. A Champion in 2005, Penicheiro was named for four All-Star Games and received three All-WNBA selections.
Additionally, she was named to the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011 and WNBA Top 20@20 in 2016.
Week 8 - Sacramento Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton (April 24)
Haliburton is the Sacramento Kings rookie, who was drafted 12th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Week 9 - Former NBA player Nikoloz Tskitishvili (May 1)
Nikoloz Tskitishvili is a former NBA player, drafted 5th overall in the 2002 Draft by the Denver Nuggets, with four years of experience of playing in the league.
Week 10 - NBA G League Ignite forward Princepal Singh (May 8)
Princepal Singh recently made history when he became the first NBA Academy alumni to log minutes and score in the recently concluded NBA G League 2021 season.
Former Indian women's basketball captain Raspreet Sidhu also joined the session.
Week 11 - Former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman (May 15)
Hoffman is a 10-year WNBA veteran, having last played in the league in 2014 with the Connecticut Sun. The 2008 WNBA Most Improved Player while with the Los Angeles Sparks, Hoffman now serves as a coach on the NBA Academy's Women's programs worldwide. She has been to India for each of the NBA Academy India Women's Camps.
Week 12 - Former NBA player Kendall Gill (May 22)
Gill is a 6'5" wing, who was drafted fifth overall in the 1990 Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and played for seven teams in a 15-year NBA career. He was the league's steals leader in 1999 and was voted to the 1991 All-Rookie First Team.
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