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5 Challenges Sim Bhullar must conquer to establish himself in the NBA

Sim Bhullar at the 2014 India Day parade in New York City
Yash Matange
Modified 09 Sep 2014, 13:55 IST

On occasion of India’s Independence day, the 7 foot 5 inches center of Indian descent Sim Bhullar announced to the world via Twitter the news that he had signed an NBA contract with the Sacramento Kings. The contract assures him of a spot with the Kings whether it is with their NBA roster or with the D-League affiliate Reno Big Horns.The signing also means that he will be present at the team’s training camp in the beginning of October to contest for a roster spot. However forgoing two years of college and trying to make it big in the best basketball league in the world would be no piece of cake. So Bhullar has made it to the top of the mountain, but the degree of difficulty to stay and remain at the top is at another level altogether. There are going to be plenty of challenges he will have to face every step of the way. Here are the 5 basic ones he will overcome and conquer in order to make it big and establish himself in the NBA:

#5 Monitor his weight

All are quite well informed about how tall Bhullar is and the fact that he is among the top 10 tallest basketball players ever to have played the game, but not many know how much he weighs. He checks in 355 pounds (161 kg) which at first thought does clearly sound overweight, however he need not reduce it drastically as he has an appreciable amount of muscle which would come handy at his length.

For players his height even being at the optimum weight still results in a career much shorter than say of a player even half a foot shorter than him. He must make sure he either reduces or monitors his weight to prevent too much pressure coming onto his legs which could result in career shortening injuries.

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Published 09 Sep 2014, 13:54 IST
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