US President Donald Trump on Monday had a question for Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a 'surprise visit' to India. While addressing a 50,000-strong cheering crowd at the sold-out 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston, President Trump asked whether PM Modi would invite him to India to watch the first game of basketball that the NBA will organise in India. It is also the first game staged in India by a North American sports league.
"We are committed to ensuring Indians have access to the world's best products. Soon, Indians will have access to NBA basketball. People will gather in Mumbai to watch the first NBA game in India. Am I invited, Prime Minister?" President Trump said. "Don't be surprised, I am warning you, I may come," he added.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced in December 2018 that the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play in two preseason games on October 4 and 5 in Mumbai.
The Kings, under the leadership of the NBA's first Indian-born majority owner and Mumbai-native Vivek Ranadive, features 2018 number two overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III, 2017's number five overall draft pick De'Aaron Fox and 2016's number six overall draft pick Buddy Hield (Bahamas), the NBA says on its website.
The Pacers' roster as on December 2018 featured 2018's NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo, 2016's NBA All-Rookie second team member Myles Turner and 2016's number 11 overall draft pick Domantas Sabonis from Lithuania.
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