Basketball

  • FIBA delays decision to lift ban on turbans August 29, 2014

    Washington: The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has decided to delay the review of its discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans, drawing sharp reactions from top American lawmakers and Sikh bodies which described it as "outdated". "Every day FIBA delays is another day that Sikhs can't play. Allowing Sikhs...
  • Sports Minister to decide on Asian Games participation in five disciplines August 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Finally it will be left to Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to decide if India will field teams in football, basketball, handball, table tennis and sepak takraw in the 2014 Asian Games slated for Sep 19-Oct 4 in the South Korean city of Incheon. The Sports Authority of India (SAI)...
  • Basketball federation fumes after Sikh player asked to remove turban August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Basketball Federation of India on Thursday condemned FIBA Asia for forcing Sikh player Anmol Singh to remove his turban during an Under-18 Championship match in Doha, saying that the "unwarranted action" was discriminatory and humiliating. "The Basketball Federation of India strongly condemns the unwarranted action of Technical Commission...
  • 'End ban on Sikh basketball players with turbans': A coalition of US lawmakers urge the International Basketball Federation August 21, 2014

    Washington: A coalition of US lawmakers Tuesday urged the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to end its discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans, an important article of their faith. In a letter to FIBA president Yvan Mainini, 21 Congress members led by Democrat Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American Congressman...
  • End ban on Sikh basketball players with turbans: US lawmakers August 19, 2014

    Washington: A coalition of US lawmakers on Tuesday urged the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to end its discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans, an important article of their faith. In a letter to FIBA president Yvan Mainini, 21 Congress members led by Democrat Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American...
  • Sports Minister aks IOC to intervene on turban row July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday has asked the the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take up the issue of Indian basketball players being barred from wearing turban at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held in China. Two Sikh players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, were asked to remove...
  • Sikh players of India's basketball team forced to play without turbans July 23, 2014

    At the Asia Cup in China, Amritpal and Amjyot were forced to take off their turbans as FIBA rules don't permit any headgear. ...
  • India's Asia Cup performance is a milestone, says basketball coach July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: India basketball coach Scott Flemming has dubbed the country's performance in the recently held 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, as "a significant milestone for the national team". India, who finished seventh in the tournament, qualified for this year's tournament after winning the South Asian Basketball Association Championship...
  • Indian basketball team's Sikh players forced to remove turbans: report July 23, 2014

    According to a report in The Times of India, Sikh members of the Indian basketball team - which was part of the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China - were forced to remove their turbans before stepping on the court during the tournament. The team's two Sikh players - Amritpal...
  • LeBron James dethrones Jordan as most popular US athlete - poll July 18, 2014

    LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States' most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll. Almost from the moment James exploded onto the NBA scene as the number one overall pick in the 2003 draft a debate has raged over who was the better of the two basketball...
  • Indian basketball team goes down fighting to Asian champions Iran July 15, 2014

    Mumbai: India went down fighting after taking a surprise first-half lead over reigning continental and defending champions Iran in a Group A game of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup Basketball Championship in Wuhan, China on Tuesday. After being ahead in the opening half by a dozen points at one stage, India...
  • Sim Bhullar first Indian-origin player to join NBA July 8, 2014

    Washington: Sim Bhullar has become the first player of Indian origin to be a part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) after he signed a summer contract with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US. The 21-year-old, who is 7.5 feet tall and weighs 360 pounds, is a...
  • Spurs beat Heat 104-87 in Game 5 to win NBA title June 16, 2014

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the winningest trio in NBA postseason history, shared hugs. Players wrapped themselves in flags from around world, a reminder that the San Antonio Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, as confetti fell from above. Painfully denied 12 months ago by the Miami...
  • Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer buys NBA's LA Clippers for $2 billion May 30, 2014

    Former Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer has purchased the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers franchise for $2 billion, a record for a professional basketball team, sole trustee Shelly Sterling announced on Friday. In a news release from Greenberg Glusker, Sterling's counsel, she said she had signed a binding contract to sell...
  • India crowned South Asian basketball champions May 17, 2014

    Kathmandu: The senior Indian men's team routed Maldives 108-32 to be crowned champions at the third South Asian Basketball Association Championship 2014. India's greater international experience, height, speed, skill, endurance and strength were too much to handle for the Maldivians. India's suffocating half court defence meant that Maldives were rarely able to...
  • National Basketball Association launches first online merchandise store in India May 6, 2014

    Mumbai: US-based National Basketball Association on Tuesday launched its first official online merchandise outlet, NBAStore.in, here in association with domestic online shopping portal jabong.com. The launch was done in the presence of Bollywood actor and self-confessed NBA franchise LA Lakers fan Abhishek Bachchan. Through the partnership the widest assortment of NBA merchandise,...
  • NBA bans Los Angeles Clippers owner for life over racist comments April 30, 2014

    The NBA banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from professional basketball for life on Tuesday and fined him $2.5 million in an unprecedented rebuke for racist comments that drew outrage from players, fans, commercial sponsors and even President Barack Obama. Sterling, 80, the longest-tenured owner of any of the 30...
  • NBA: Los Angeles Clippers lose sponsors over owner's racist remarks April 29, 2014

    The National Basketball Association faced mounting pressure on Monday to impose a harsh punishment on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged racist comments as several of the team's sponsors pulled their backing. Sterling is being investigated by the NBA over comments he allegedly made that have since sparked...
  • Meet Vivek Ranadive: The only Indian to own a team in the NBA April 21, 2014

    A 17-year-old teenager with an enviable technical acumen left his homeland India to explore the American shores, and after more than 30 years of path-breaking success in the field of technology, Vivek Ranadive became the first Indian-American to own a team in the biggest basketball leagues of them all -...
  • Meet Tacko Fall, the world's tallest High School basketball player at 7.5 feet April 11, 2014

    The tallest player in High School Basketball standing at 7'5'' Tacko Fall is always turning heads and always plays his way to becoming the crowd favorite in every gym. ...
  • Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise in matching outfits March 31, 2014

    New York: It was same pinch for actress Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise when they wore pink outfits for their appearance at a basketball game. The 35-year-old actress went make-up free and wore a pink top like her adorable seven-year-old while attending a game during the NCAA Men's Basketball...
  • Uttarakhand off to a winning start in National Basketball February 26, 2014

    Uttarakhand opened their campaign in the 64th Senior National Men's Basketball Championship's with a narrow 68-62 win over Indian Railways at the at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Amritpal Singh with 25 points top scored for the defending champions while Riyaz Uddin and Yadwinder Singh added 13 and 12...
  • Watch: Former NBA star Dennis Rodman sings Happy Birthday to Kim Jong-un on North Korea visit January 9, 2014

    Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman sang Happy Birthday to his long-time friend and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Rodman was visiting The 52-year-old sports star brought a team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to mark the controversial leader's special day with...
  • US basketball team launches website in Hindi November 9, 2013

    Washington: A US based popular basketball team has launched Hindi version of its website as part of its effort to reach out to the large Hindi-speaking audience in India and in turn popularise the game in the country. The Hindi-edition of the website for Sacramento King has been launched a few...
  • Former NBA star Horace Grant praises young Indian players September 25, 2013

    The former Chicago Bulls player, who is in India for an event, praised the rich talent India Possess in basketball. ...
  • India lose to Kazakhstan in Asia Basketball August 3, 2013

    Manila: India lost their third Group D match 67-80 against Kazakhstan here Saturday at the 27th Asian Men's Basketball Championship. Kazakhstan managed to top Group D with three wins out of three, reports Xinhua. Mikhail Yevstigneyev had 21 points for Kzazkhstan and Jerri Johnson took 16. Rustam Yargaliyev and Anton Ponomarev...
  • LeBron James wins 3 trophies at ESPY Awards July 18, 2013

    Los Angeles: LeBron James padded his trophy collection, receiving three at the ESPY Awards, including 'Male Athlete of the Year' for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship. James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories, completing a sweep of the three awards he won...
  • NBA star Chris Bosh in India to promote basketball July 17, 2013

    Bosh, one of the leading players of Miami Heat, is in Mumbai, looking for ways and means to promote the game in India. ...
  • Spain's Francisco Garcia named Indian women's basketball coach July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Francisco Garcia of Spain has been appointed head coach of the Indian women's basketball team, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) announced on Monday. Prior to joining BFI, Garcia was involved in various women's professional programmes in Spain, Denmark and Finland. Since returning to Spain in 2005, he coached...
  • Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs to win NBA championship June 21, 2013

    Miami: The Miami Heat clinched their second successive National Basketball (NBA) championship on Thursday, beating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in the decisive seventh game of an epic series. Miami's LeBron James, the sport's biggest star playing at the peak of his powers, had a game-high 37 points and pulled in...