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SACRAMENTO -- Sim Bhullar made history on Tuesday night, as he became the first player of Indian descent to appear in an NBA game.
The 22-year old checked in with 16 seconds remaining in the Kings' 116-111 win over Minnesota at Sleep Train Arena.
“It’s a great feeling for me just to have that role in the community and be recognized around the world,” the 7-foot-5 Bhullar said. “So it was a great feeling and I’m happy to be kind of an ambassador but I think this is just the beginning. I don’t really think tonight was the big moment for me; I think there’s a lot more to go and hopefully I’ll get another chance like that soon.”
Vivek Ranadive, the Kings' majority owner and a native of India, espouses the “NBA 3.0” philosophy, which is is driven by utilizing cutting-edge technology, acting as a positive agent of change in the community, and expanding the team’s and the region’s global brand.
Bhullar, a Toronto native and two-time Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP, recognizes the tremendous impact of his stint with the Kings.
“Hopefully more kids growing up will see that there’s a player of Indian descent that played an NBA game and got on the court,” Bhullar added. “Hopefully they can follow the game a little bit more and grow a real passion for it and hopefully pursue it in the future. Hopefully we can get a couple more Indian NBA players.”