NBA news: Pacers, Kings will play 2 preseason games in India in 2019
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Pacers, Kings will play 2 preseason games in India in 2019

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Here is some good news for Asian NBA fans as the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play two preseason games in India in 2019. The NBA India Games 2019 will feature the two teams on Oct. 4 and 5 at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also gave his statement on this interesting development, thanking both the Pacers and Kings organizations for participating in the event:

“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,” added NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We thank the Kings and Pacers organizations for participating in this historic event.”

Vivek Ranadivé, the Kings’ Indian-American owner and chairman, also chimed in his thoughts on this recent breakthrough:

“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.”

Pacers owner Herbert Simon also expressed his excitement on finally bringing the NBA to India for the first time in league history:

“We are thrilled to be one of the first two teams to play the first-ever game in India and proud to be part of the expanding NBA worldwide footprint of our game of basketball.”

This is a welcome sight for a young and surprisingly good Kings team, especially considering the turmoil the organization has gone through for years. On the other hand, this will be an opportunity for the Pacers to build up from their success last year.