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India to open NBA Academy in 2017

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday announced its plans to launch NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training centre in the national capital for the top male and female prospects from across the nation.

NBA Academy India, the first of its kind in the country and NBA's fifth elite training centre globally, will be fully funded by the NBA and will open in April 2017.

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Basketball: India hammered 80-46 by Chinese Taipei

The Indian U-18 women's basketball team have suffered their third successive loss with a 80-46 defeat to Chinese Taipei at the 23rd FIBA Asia U-18 championship in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Meng-Hsin Chen (17 points), Yu-Lin Kao (14 points) and J. Wang (14 points) were the outstanding performers for Chinese Taipei while Bhandavya Gowda (10 points), Priyanka Prabhakara (8 points) and Nishanti Masilamani (9 points) did well for India.

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Women's Basketball: Thailand down India 58-67

The Indian U-18 women's basketball team went down 58-67 to hosts Thailand in their opening match at the 23rd FIBA Asia U-18 Championship on Sunday. Rattiyakorn Udomsuk top scored for Thailand with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Kanokwan Prajuapsook had 11 points and 15 rebounds to her name.

For India, Bhandavya HM Gowda was the top scorer with 17 points. Priyanka Prabhakara produced 15 points and 16 rebounds while Nishanti Masilamani also scored 15 points. 

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India’s Palpreet Singh Selected by the Long Island Nets in the 2016 NBA D-League Draft

Palpreet Singh, winner of National Finals of ACG-NBA Jump, India’s first national basketball talent search program, was selected 11th in the fourth Round of the NBA D-League Draft held in New York on October 30, 2016.  The 21-year old was drafted by the Long Island Nets, affiliate team of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

The 6ft 9in hoopster, who has been training at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, said he had trained hard and was confident of getting picked by a D League team in the draft.  “I am happy with the efforts I have put in and I will continue to work hard with Long Island Nets as this is just the beginning.” 

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Dainius Adomaitis appointed Lithuanian basketball team Coach

Dainius Adomaitis has been appointed the head coach of the Lithuanian basketball team following the departure of Jonas Kazlauskas. Ten of the 14 executive committee members of Lithuanian basketball federation on Tuesday voted for Adomaitis to lead the country's men basketball team.

"He is a good former basketball player and now promising coach from the new generation," the president of the federation Arvydas Sabonis described Adomaitis to the news website delfi.lt.

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