“It is great that the NBA is here. It is important that we train kids when they are young. They can learn and adjust their bodies than what I can do. It is very difficult for me the change my stance or the form,” explains India’s latest star to reach the NBA, Amjyot Singh Gill.
He speaks like a seasoned professional. In some ways he is. His basketball career was moulded at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy under the watchful eyes of late Dr S Subramanian. He has played regularly for the Indian national team, flourishing as an all-around forward under the likes of coaches Scott Fleming and Kenny Natt, and then moved to Japan for a season, where he won the title with Tokyo Excellence.
But for the 26-year-old Chandigarh-born hoopster, currently plying his trade with NBA G-League team OKC Blue, the journey has just begun.
“The day I put on the OKC Blue jersey I felt I had come close to my mother’s dream. My mother always wanted me to be the best in any sport I take up,” he says.
To be the best in the sport he will need to cement a place with the OKC Blue and then impress an NBA Franchise enough to swoop him up.
The latest episode of Unwind features Amjyot Singh, who talks about his career so far and his dream of playing in the NBA.