When visiting a new country, you either love it or vow never to come back again, in case of the former, there are a few particular things like the culture, cuisine, architecture, etc. that appeal to first timers and tourists. Something similar happened with NBA player Kenneth Faried who came to India this month.
“This is my first visit to India and I enjoyed it completely. I traveled a lot in Delhi and Mumbai. I interacted with junior NBA players here in India. I helped them in training. It was an amazing experience,” the New Jersey-based sportsperson who was named the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2012 and selected as the Rising Stars Challenge MVP at NBA All-Star in 2013 told The Statesman.
The Denver Nuggets’ power forward was in India to celebrate the NBA Playoffs with fans and promote his sport, basketball, and interact with basketball enthusiasts in New Delhi and Mumbai. During his visit to the country there were two things that the 27-year-old baller absolutely “fell in love with” – the Taj Mahal and Indian food, especially the meat preparation.
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“The best thing was Taj Mahal. It has been built so beautifully. I loved it. Other than that, food here is amazing. I don’t eat pork, beef, so it was great for me as I got to taste good delicacies of chicken, fish and mutton,” he said, clearly smitten by murgh, masala, and all things desi.
Faried was overwhelmed about his first India visit and has vowed to come back as he sees a promising future for his sport in India. Notably, the National Basketball Association (NBA) opened its first academy in India, with all facilities of an elite basketball-training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi-NCR.