New Delhi, September 6, 2012: Seven-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion Robert Horry is set to visit India from September 9 to 16 to promote NBA 3X presented by Sprite. Horry is the 21st NBA or WNBA player or legend to have traveled to India as part of the league’s commitment to grow basketball in the country.
Horry, who played 16 seasons in the NBA for four teams, will be in Delhi to tip off the event on September 15-16.
In addition, the man whose seven championships rank as the most of any player not to have played on the legendary 1960’s Boston Celtics side, begins his India trip in Bangalore where he will attend the Mahindra NBA Challenge Finals to be held on September 9.
Horry will then head to Delhi for the opening leg of NBA 3X presented by Sprite which will take place at the Great India Place Mall. Horry will conduct clinics, interact with fans, and sign autographs.
NBA 3X presented by Sprite will also visit Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai and features the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament ever staged in India with 400 teams expected to participate; performances from top musical artists or well-known DJ’s each day; and a variety of on and off the court activities for fans.
While in Delhi, Horry will conduct an NBA Cares event with Love in Action — a Delhi-based NGO which uses the sport of basketball to provide life-skills education to children from slums.
The 6ft 10in former forward who won NBA titles with Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, making him one of only two players to have won NBA championships with three different teams, is also scheduled to undertake a tour of the Indian capital as well as visit Kingdom of Dreams.
NBA 3X presented by Sprite is being supported by adidas, HP, Spalding and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI). Sprite will send two participants from the national champion team in the 18-23 division to NBA All-Star 2013. These two participants may get a chance to be part of the global pool of players from which NBA All-Stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James will select to be part of the Sprite Team Sudden and Team Intense competition during NBA-All Star 2013. In addition, the first Sprite Basket Blast 2012 will take place in select cinemas across select cities in India from September through October. Fans can purchase a Sprite Combo at participating cinemas to enter a lucky draw to get a chance to travel to NBA All-Star 2013. Four Winners will be selected and win trips to All-Star.