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Indian-origin Bhullar makes NBA history

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Sacramento (United States), April 8:

Gursimran ‘Sim’ Bhullar has become the first player of Indian descent to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after making his debut for Sacramento Kings.

Pic Courtesy: www.nba.com
Pic Courtesy: www.nba.com

The 22-year-old came on with 16 seconds remaining in the Kings’ 116-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

The 7ft 5in Canada-born centre said he hoped he could help popularise the game in India after join the Kings’.

“It was a great feeling and I’m happy to be kind of an ambassador,” he was quoted as saying by bbc.com on Wednesday.

Bhullar added: “Hopefully, more kids growing up will see there’s a player of Indian descent on the court and we can get a couple more Indian NBA players.”

The NBA is the men’s professional basketball league in America. IANS