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Ray Allen in India as part of NBA promotional tour
Ray Allen - two-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member is currently in India as part of the league’s continued efforts to grow the game of basketball in the country.
Allen's tour began in Mumbai, where he attended a live T20 cricket match and made a guest appearance on JioCinema’s cricket show. On May 15, Allen will visit NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center which was supported in prior years by ACG for the top prospects from throughout India and the first of its kind in the country, in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), where he will lead a basketball clinic for 50 students from the NBA Basketball School programs in India and train with NBA Academy India prospects.
“I’m excited to make this trip to India to experience the country’s local sporting culture,” said Allen. “The NBA has contributed so much to the growth of basketball in India, and I look forward to playing a part in their continued efforts to grow the game.”
Who is Ray Allen?
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12: Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat takes a shot against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
A 6’5” shooting guard, Allen was drafted No. 5 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft and went on to win two NBA championships during his 18-year career, with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and with the Miami Heat in 2012. The 10-time NBA All-Star retired as the all-time leader in three-point field goals before the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry surpassed his record in 2021. Allen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 and was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team prior to the 2021-22 season.
Since 2006, more than 35 current and former NBA and WNBA players have visited India with the NBA, including Harrison Barnes, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Bosh, Bruce Bowen, Corey Brewer, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Seth Curry, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol, Robert Horry, Dwight Howard, Briann January, Caris LeVert, Robin Lopez, Brook Lopez, Kevin Martin, Andre Miller, Kelly Olynyk, Dwight Powell, Jason Richardson and Brian Shaw.