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NBA News: Sacramento Kings play first NBA game in India

The Sacramento Kings will be the first NBA team to play two preseason games in India next season. The owner of the franchise, Vivek Ranadive, grew up in Mumbai and has wanted an NBA game in his home country since buying the franchise.

"The Sacramento Kings are proud to host the first ever NBA games in India," said Ranadive via a press release. "As a native Indian, it is my honor to help bring this historic moment to the country where I grew up." On October 4th and 5th, the Kings will compete in two games with the Indiana Pacers in the NSCI Dome in Mumbai.

The 61-year-old is the first Indian owner of an NBA team and bought the Kings in 2013. Since then, Ranadive has tried to bring Indian culture closer to the NBA. In 2014, for example, he traveled to his home country with Commissioner Adam Silver, and he also organizes an annual Bollywood night in Sacramento.

"The sport is growing tremendously in India and we are excited to continue expanding the reach of the NBA and reaching more fans around the world. The world wants to see basketball and India is a rapidly growing new frontier."

As early as 2013, the Kings owner announced that basketball would be the second most popular sport in India after cricket. A total of 1.2 billion people live in India, only the population in China is larger.

Since Ranadive owned the Kings, Sony SIX, a Sony Pictures Network broadcaster, has broadcast nearly 140 of its team's games in India. According to the franchise's own statements, their social media platforms have over 530,000 likes from Indian fans.