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Indian descent Sim Bhullar makes NBA debut

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It was the moment he had been waiting for since the day he signed his 10-day contract with Sacramento Kings.  Sim Bhullar on Tuesday night became the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA after making his debut for Sacramento Kings against Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 22-year-old came on with 16 seconds remaining in the Kings’ 116-111 victory over the Wolves.  The 7ft 5in Canada-born centre signed a 10-day contract to join the Kings’ roster and said he hoped he could help grow the game in India.

“It was a great feeling and I’m happy to be kind of an ambassador. This is just the beginning.  I really think today was the moment, the big moment for me.  There is a lot more to go and hopefully I get another chance like that soon,” he said.

Bhullar added: “Hopefully more kids growing up will see there’s a player of Indian descent on the court and hopefully they can follow the game a bit more and grow passion for it to pursue it in future and we can get a couple more Indian NBA players.”