SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — He’s a big player, but the move the Sacramento Kings made by signing Sim Bhullar is even bigger.
The 7-foot, 5-inch tall player is the first person of Indian descent to sign an NBA contract.
Anu Ramraj is busy setting up Sacramento’s big India Day celebration this weekend, but this year, there is extra excitement in the community.
“Along with the buzz of independence day this news is also making it’s through social media and news channels and it’s big and it’s exciting,” she said.
During a fantasy training camp on Friday, former King Doug Christie says the move by the team and owner Vivek Ranadive is all part of the plan to send the NBA around the globe to bustling countries like India.
Christie says signing Bhullar makes great marketing sense, but also could be a way to attract new basketball talent to groups that may not have thought they had a place in the sport.
“All of sudden, you see somebody who is just like you and they made it,” Christie said. “It gives you hope. It gives you the ability to say that hey that might be me.”
Ramraj hopes to see more Indians in the sport, and that Ranadive’s plan to bring the NBA to india and the world is a success.
“Next time we have an NBA match or NBA Final, it will almost be like the world soccer cup and have the whole world watching,” she said.