NBA LEGENDS HORACE GRANT, RON HARPER AND PEJA STOJAKOVIC TO VISIT INDIA FOR NBA JAM
MUMBAI, August 23 - NBA legends Horace Grant, Ron Harper and Peja Stojakovic, who collectively have won 10 NBA Championships, will participate in NBA Jam. The event will feature the largest 3-on-3 tournament ever held in India and include a National Finals televised on SONY SIX.The traveling interactive basketball festival combines exciting on-court competition with concerts by well-known local musicians and authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages.
NBA JAM SCHEDULE:
|Hyderabad||September 5-7||M J College|
|Bangalore||September 12-14||Kanteerva Stadium|
|Delhi||September 19-21||Hans Raj College|
|Mumbai||September 26-28||St. Stanislaus High School|
|Mumbai||September 29||Mehboob Studio|
All three NBA legends, as well as the Boston Celtics dance team, the Celtics Dancers, will attend the Mumbai stop and the National Finals. Grant will also attend the Delhi stop.
During the National Finals, fans will enjoy the first-ever live NBA experience in India. The players will compete in a small scale NBA arena with an emcee, lights, sound, video and a variety of on-court entertainment. The winning teams will have a chance to play 3-on-3 against the NBA legends at the National Finals. There will also be a National Finals for the three-point shooting contest and the winner will get to shoot against Stojakovic.
The NBA and SONY, the league’s broadcast partner in India, announced plans for NBA Jam in July at a press conference in Mumbai, attended by two-time NBA Champion Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat.
The NBA and SONY have also partnered with adidas, Sprite, Indiatimes.com, and the Basketball Federation of India for the event. As part of NBA Jam, the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy will be on display for fans at an adidas store in each city for the first time. Fans that visit the adidas stores with the trophy will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes and win a chance to meet one of the NBA legends in Mumbai. SONY will create content around each event stop, integrating celebrities from the network’s top shows.
The 3-on-3 tournament will see nearly 500 teams participate, up from 400 last year, and will include a women’s division for the first time. In each city, 120 teams will compete across two age divisions for men and women, 16-18 and 19-23 years old. Winning teams from each city will be invited to the National Finals.
NBA Jam basketball activities will also include basketball clinics, three-point shootouts, and skills challenges. A technology boutique will feature social media fan integration, an NBA photo and video wall, and a gaming zone for fans. Fans that use #NBAJam on Twitter and Instagram will get a chance to have their tweets and photos featured on the NBA Jam main video screen and win prizes.
Grant won three consecutive NBA titles with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on the Chicago Bulls in 1991-1993 and later won his fourth title with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000-2001. Known for his defense and rebounding, Grant was named to the All-Defensive Second Team four times.
Harper has won five NBA Championships including three as a member of the Bulls from 1996-1998 with Jordan and Pippen, and later won two titles with O’Neal, Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000-2001. Harper was drafted eighth by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1986 NBA Draft, and placed second in Rookie of the Year voting averaging 22.9 points per game.
Stojakovic won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2010 and was a three-time All-Star as a member of the Sacramento Kings, who are now owned by Vivek Ranadive, the first Indian NBA owner. He made the All-NBA Second Team in 2003-04 averaging 24.2 points per game and finished his 13-year career sixth all-time in three-pointers made.