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08:50 AM ET 09.11 | After its runaway success in China, the NBA has turned its sights on India. But basketball is not terribly popular here; as one sportswriter says, "genetically, we're not inclined that way." NBA officials say they're determined to build a sport that was introduced to the country by missionaries in 1903, and today is played, enthusiastically if not always well, by a few million Indians (which may sound like a lot, but in a country with 1.2 billion people, it remains a niche activity).

Los Angeles Times

U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer, SAJJAD HUSSAIN/Getty Images U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer, SAJJAD HUSSAIN/Getty Images
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September 11, 2010  09:56 AM ET

The NBA should focus on the team in the US that arn't making any money before they worrie about bring basketball to a country thats doesn't care.

September 11, 2010  10:06 AM ET

The game will get spicier, Bro.

September 11, 2010  11:50 AM ET
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"genetically, we're not inclined that way." From Mugsy Boges (5' 3'') to Manute Bol (7' 7''). From Steve Kerr athleticism to Michael Jordan athleticism. That's a wide **** gamut. How the hell are they genetically inclined? I don't get the comment.

it means they can't ball.

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September 11, 2010  07:08 PM ET

just look at the nba making money!!!
how any basket balls , shoes , t-shirts , jocks , and other stuff we can sell to those people at 40 to 60% mark up??????
oh no i'm sorry the nba is going broke they have to do this to raise more money so they can pay the players - with out the nba doing this the fans might never see a game and that would be to bad ----- yes, we at the nba go through this kind of pain becouse we love our fans ??
this sounds like stuff i would tell my 2 exwifes or the bar tender before i asked for credit!!

September 11, 2010  08:08 PM ET

damn, i saw em' play ball barefoot on cable... wtf, somebody gv em' shoes... itl tke generations to mke em' catch up the rest of hoop world...

September 11, 2010  08:10 PM ET

evn volleyball... jesus christ... they mustve priorities boring sport like cricket!!!

 
September 12, 2010  02:18 AM ET

don't they play cricket?

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