Recently hosted at High Street Phoenix in Mumbai was the NBA Jam event with actor Rana Daggubati! The NBA Jam event was basically a “basketball festival” where fans could come and play basketball, or simply watch it, whichever suited their fancy. Team MissMalini even got to stop for a quick chat with Rana Daggubati, look out for the video for that! :)
I love that they’re trying to make basketball bigger in India, and it really was a fun event! They turned the open area at Phoenix into a basketball court where they had a bunch of mini-competitions. Was good to see that even in a cricket crazy nation like India, there were a lot of fans of the sport – a lot of people who were just walking past stopped to watch on, and there was even an uncle behind me who kept saying, “Hey – that’s not a three-point!” Lol so he totally got into it too!
And the great thing is that they didn’t forget the kids. :) I saw a bunch of doting mothers stop with their shopping carts and look on as their kiddies gave basketball a shot too. The kids seem to enjoy it and there was one little rascal in particular who kept grabbing the ball and running away with it; poor mom had to continuously chase him down! Heh but he seemed to be having a good time, that’s what’s important, right?
Overall, I enjoyed myself, and I’m not even really into basketball. So I know those who are must’ve totally had a blast; props to HP for the initiative!