Interview with UBA Managing Director Todd Mack: "India could be one of the top teams in Asia"
Things do look bright for the Indian cagers, and thanks to United Basketball Alliance India (P) Ltd., who have given a new lease of life for them. A professional league and to boost with the live coverage of the same on Ten network channels—Ten Sports/Ten Action/Ten HD, has brought life into this sport.
Todd Mack, the managing director of UBA in a tête-à-tête to Sportskeeda spoke on the game, players and the other aspects related to this game.
With the objective of promoting the game, initiating professionalism and giving youngsters on a rostrum for them to come out with their best. The overwhelming response in UBA’s one year of venture is a clear indication that this game is picking up speed and youngsters are going to make the most of it through this. Thanks to the UBA, the players will be able to exhibit their talents of the game.
What is in store?
We (UBA) want the Indian youngsters to grab the opportunity and make the most of it. The response has been overwhelming and that is a clear indication that this sport has followers in the country wherein cricket is worshipped and is almost the national game. Things are looking bright and cagers will be given their due and India could be one of the top teams in Asia, to start with.
On the Indian talents...
Looking at the senior players and some of the youngsters who have made the cut, there is no dearth of talent in India. A good infrastructure and training grounds could see great players coming out of this country. I admire the players who despite setbacks are still playing the game. The most important fact is these guys are hardworking and want to learn more about the game, which is a telling fact that basketball is not an aliens’ game in this part of the globe.
Comparisons from other countries playing the game…
It would be unfair to compare these players to other countries, especially US. In US, it is a different ballgame altogether and with NBA, things are different and with the immense facilities available, they are doing well. I am sure in years to come, India could figure in top teams in the world.
On disparity in UBA’s approach...
There is no disparity among the players. Regarding the salary of players: I would not like to get into the monetary aspect.
And the most important aspect is these foreign coaches, apart from providing their proficiency, also provide the stats of the game which is very important. This clears that everyone gets his share through UBA and there is no discrepancy. It is for the first time both the players and coaches are looked upon as equals.
On women being included in the league…
We did talk about this aspect, but I would say that it is too early on this issue. To begin with, we are organising camps and training budding girls, which will be the kickoff for women to be in the league in some years. I cannot say in how many years, but UBA is definitely looking into this aspect.
Hard work will make a better basketball player