NBA to play first-ever games in India

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Patrick McCaw (L) of Warriors drives the ball during the NBA preseason basketball game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shenzhen City of south China's Guangdong Province, Oct. 5, 2017. Minnesota Timberwolves won 111-97.(Xinhua/Xia Yifang)

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Thursday that the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play two preseason games in Mumbai in 2019, marking the first games the NBA has played in India.

The NBA India Games 2019 will take place on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. These games are also the first games staged in the country by a North American sports league.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: "Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population. We thank the Kings and Pacers organizations for participating in this historic event."

Sacramento Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive said: "The Sacramento Kings are proud to be playing in the first NBA games ever held in India. As an Indian-American, it is an honor to help bring this historic moment to the country where I was raised. The sport is experiencing tremendous growth in India and we are excited about continuing to expand the NBA's reach to fans across the globe. The world wants to watch basketball and India is a fast-growing new frontier." 

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