As the bonhomie between India and the US was put to display at the Howdy Modi extravagant evening, President Donald Trump was full of praises for Narendra Modi and India. During Trump's speech, he also spoke about one of the premier sport of the United States which is the basketball.
National Basketball Association (NBA) will be bringing two of their teams - Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings to play in Mumbai on October 4 and 5 at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI). The initial announcement was made by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco in Mumbai on December 2018. This will mark the first games the NBA has played in India and the first games staged in the country by a North American sports league. This was especially highlighted by US President Donald Trump.
"Very soon India will have to access to another world-class American product-NBA basketball. Wow, sounds good. That sounds good. Next week thousands of people will gather in Mumbai to watch the first-ever NBA basketball game in India."
Donald Trump then asked PM Modi whether he will be invited for the grand occasion.
"Am I invited Mr.Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come."
Watch the video of Donald Trump talking about the first-ever NBA match which will be played in India here.
#WATCH US Pres Donald Trump: Very soon India will have to access to another world class American product-NBA basketball. Wow, sounds good. Next week thousands in Mumbai will watch the first ever NBA game in India..am I invited Mr. Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come pic.twitter.com/QmcyeXurLg— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2019
Organized by the non-profit Texas India Forum, the event, with the tagline 'Shared Dreams, Bright Futures', highlighted the tremendous contribution of Indo-Americans in the United States and the strong and lasting partnership between the US and India.
The cultural programme preceding Prime Minister Modi's address showcased Indian-American artists from Texas and elsewhere, portrayed how the community is woven into the larger tapestry of American life. It involved broad-based community participation across the United States.