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poleandreel
11-10-2010, 06:39 PM
http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/introducing-indias-answer-to-yao-ming/

India, the second most populous country in the world, has never produced an NBA player. Satnam Singh Bhamara, standing 7 feet tall and weighing in at 250 pounds, is a 14-year-old man-child who seems destined to change this fact.

Bhamara is now training with the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and initial reports indicate he is on his way to becoming the first Indian-born player to enter the NBA. From Fanhouse’s Tim Potvak comes this truly original story about the Conan-sized Indian basketball who is apparently on pace to do for India what Yao Ming did for China.

Satnam came to the United States for the first time six weeks ago, one of 29 student athletes (both male and female in three different sports) from India who will train at the renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla, as part of a new scholarship program to promote, develop and manage sports and entertainment in that country.

That potential starts with his size, which is incredible itself. At age 14, he is expected to grow for another couple of years. For now, he wears a size-22 basketball shoe. His hands swallow the ball. His father, Balbir Singh Bhamara, is 7-2. His grandmother on his father’s side is 6-9.”

As the saying goes, you can’t teach size. And if you’ve got size like Satnam does and can play even a little bit, the NBA will take a chance. And being from India only helps his chances – what NBA team wouldn’t want the added publicity of helping break a national barrier? Satnam may not beat this pair of simlarly sized Candian-born Indian twins to national television, but his build and blossoming skill set show he may last.

The biggest potential winner out of this? The NBA. It’s no secret that David Stern was also sorts of giddy about the possibilities of branding his league across the globe when LeBron James signed in Miami. Prokohorov’s name alone, along with Timofey Mozgov, have increased visibility in Russia.

Yao made basketball viable in China and paved the way for Yi. Time will tell if Satnam can do the same for India. But for his own body’s sake, it might benefit him to stop growing–being as tall as Yao certainly won’t guarantee longevity.

mjt20mik
11-10-2010, 06:43 PM
Cool. It was about time though.

Mplsman
11-10-2010, 06:48 PM
sweeet.

NYYCowboys
11-10-2010, 06:59 PM
Bhamara to the Knicks in 2015!

Sixerlover
11-10-2010, 07:11 PM
Like the article said the real winners out of this is the NBA. If they can turn India into what they've accomplished in Germany, France, China etc.. They'll have substantially larger profits. And more jobs for college kids like me trying to get into the league offices :D

lakers4sho
11-10-2010, 07:13 PM
Just because you are tall doesn't mean you can play.

GodsSon
11-10-2010, 07:16 PM
Just because you are tall doesn't mean you can play.

+1...I thought everyone learned that after Shawn Bradley

mjt20mik
11-10-2010, 07:18 PM
Just because you are tall doesn't mean you can play.

The article says he has a 'blossoming skill set'. I mean if he is somewhat decent, with his size, he could make the NBA.

SteveNash
11-10-2010, 07:18 PM
14 year old who can't play, how many of these guys couldn't even make it in the NCAA.

IAmKira
11-10-2010, 07:41 PM
wth 14? he looks like freaking 34

Rego247
11-10-2010, 08:26 PM
Like the article said the real winners out of this is the NBA. If they can turn India into what they've accomplished in Germany, France, China etc.. They'll have substantially larger profits. And more jobs for college kids like me trying to get into the league offices :D

trust me when i tell u they have no chance of turning india into a place like china or france basketball wise. it may expand but not to levels in countries u mentioned. cricket is the biggest sport over there and no one really gives a crap about basketball. plus with the IPL where its at, advertisers wouldnt care for basketball, the money is rolling in regardless.

good story about this kid, but i believe it when it happens though.

GunFactor187
11-10-2010, 08:28 PM
Well, actually India's answer to Yao Ming is this guy (http://www.rianai.com/wwe/images/The_Great_Khali1.jpg), lol.

carnage101
11-10-2010, 08:30 PM
would be awesome to have an Indian player in the nba... but even us Indians are skeptical lol

aussie
11-10-2010, 08:41 PM
well he still has like 4-5 years to get good, i hope he lands in NOLA :)

THE WALL
11-10-2010, 08:51 PM
Just because you are tall doesn't mean you can play.

THIS! :clap:

RaptorsFanatic
11-10-2010, 09:03 PM
Very premature, but if this happens, YEAAAAA BOIIII My people are stepping it up from the convenient stores and taxi cabs BABY! LOL. Vat do ju vant? Baskeetball!

Hellcrooner
11-10-2010, 09:08 PM
Ok.
How are his knees cand feet doing?
Thats the main downfall to all this megalarge people.

IversonIsKrazy
11-10-2010, 09:18 PM
It would be cool to see one of us in the NBA. We'll see how this guy pans out

Corey
11-10-2010, 09:20 PM
Would be great for a legit Indian player in the NBA.

Can't wait to see what he does in his college years.

Avenged
11-10-2010, 09:29 PM
7ft, 14 year old? wow.

FetusSmasher
11-10-2010, 10:32 PM
I see a MAJOR break down of lower extremities happening in 10 yrs.

koreancabbage
11-10-2010, 11:36 PM
finally a potential NBA player from India, a country that might have the biggest population growth in the next few years, or second behind China... but whatevs need more diversification.

were his parents hooked up like Yao's parents? (by the government, lol,)

asandhu23
11-11-2010, 12:23 AM
Watch out people. India is getting all the big men ready.
that guy up there will be the third after these two

http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1087336


hehe. and they are all Punjabi Indians too :D

asandhu23
11-11-2010, 02:56 AM
Very premature, but if this happens, YEAAAAA BOIIII My people are stepping it up from the convenient stores and taxi cabs BABY! LOL. Vat do ju vant? Baskeetball!

silicon valley *****

PhillyLuver
11-11-2010, 03:09 AM
I was going to mention the Bhullars but it already was. I think they will be the first Indians

kArSoN RyDaH
11-11-2010, 03:18 AM
hes holding a basketball so he obviously has some sort of skill set. even if he didnt play basketball right now. 4 years until he hits college is enough time to develop a sufficient skill set to enter college and then the NBA. he hasnt even hit his growth spurt. 14? i didnt stop growin till 17

montazingmvp
11-11-2010, 05:05 AM
Like the article said the real winners out of this is the NBA. If they can turn India into what they've accomplished in Germany, France, China etc.. They'll have substantially larger profits. And more jobs for college kids like me trying to get into the league offices :D

basketball in france and germany is almost non existant. maybe you mean spain...?

montazingmvp
11-11-2010, 05:15 AM
trust me when i tell u they have no chance of turning india into a place like china or france basketball wise. it may expand but not to levels in countries u mentioned. cricket is the biggest sport over there and no one really gives a crap about basketball. plus with the IPL where its at, advertisers wouldnt care for basketball, the money is rolling in regardless.

good story about this kid, but i believe it when it happens though.

france is not a big basketball country at all. their entire team is made up of "french" dudes from french colonies in the carribean, not from France itself. basketball isn't covered at all by the media in france, and games are rarely shown.

but besides that if soccer can make inroads in places like spain where soccer is like a religion, why wouldn't it be able to gain popularity in a place like India?

people can like more than one sport...

xbrackattackx
11-11-2010, 11:23 AM
Dudes a monster.

DeyAce
11-11-2010, 11:36 AM
Dudes probably slow as hell

Hustla23
11-11-2010, 11:50 AM
Dude is probably mad scrubby.

And yes, very premature.