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Kings’ Harrison Barnes to travel to India to get a sneak peek of local culture before October preseason games

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Sacramento Kings small forward Harrison Barnes will travel to India to get a sneak peek of the local culture before the October preseason games.

The Kings and the Indiana Pacers will play two preseason games in Mumbai. It will be the first NBA game ever played in India.

Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive was born and raised in India.

“This trip to India will be a great opportunity for me to get a sneak peek of the local culture before the upcoming preseason games in Mumbai this October,” Barnes said, via Noel Harris of the Sacramento Bee. “I look forward to being a part of that historic event and I’m excited to help support the NBA’s various basketball development initiatives in India.”

According to the Kings, Barnes will stop in Delhi NCR on April 28 to attend the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA National Finals at The NBA Academy India. He’ll then go to Mumbai for television appearances on the Sony Ten networks’ NBA shows April 30, then return to Delhi on May 3 to attend the National Finals of the fourth ACG-NBA Jump, India’s national basketball talent search program.

The Kings acquired Harrison Barnes from the Dallas Mavericks at the February trade deadline.

He averaged 14.3 points in 28 games with the franchise while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from the 3-point line.