The world is looking at India and the NBA is following suit. From bringing about an entire Hindi commentary panel to opening a full fledged academy in India, the NBA has made its intentions clear about tapping into the Indian market.
And while you would have thought that they couldn’t do anything more, there a few reports about the Indian Basketball team getting an NBA veteran as their new coach.
Phil Webber, the highly experienced NBA assistant coach is all set to become the head coach of the Indian team, as tweeted by the ESPN reporter Mark Stein.
Coaching sources say longtime assistant Phil Weber (Suns, Knicks, Heat, Pels) on course to be named new head coach of India's national team
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 28, 2017
The Indian Men’s Basketball team is currently ranked 53 in the world and is coached by Bhaskar Sappaniambalam.
Weber is a highly experienced coach, having spent 12 years as assistant coach, 9 with Phoenix Suns and the rest with the New York Knicks.
Weber’s CV is amazing as he has had the experience of coaching NBA teams, working with the US team for the FIBA World Championships, setting up an NBA academy in Las Vegas and working with Suns’ Vegas Summer League as head coach.
His NBA experience would come in handy for the upcoming hoopers from India. With the NBA academy providing such brilliant facilities to the new talent, Weber could slot into the role very easily. Hopefully this India centric approach of the NBA helps the Indian national team in taking its game to the next level.