Mumbai, Feb 22 (IANS) National Basketball Association (NBA) champion Brian Shaw is set to visit India from February 24-28 to promote the sport.

He will be tipping off premier NBA events like the ACG-NBA Jump National Finals in Noida, NBA City Finals in Jaipur and NBA Jam in Mumbai.

Shaw will make his first stop in Noida on February 24 where he will share personal drills and training techniques with participants of the national finals of ACG-NBA Jump– India’s first national basketball talent search programme.

The national finals, from February 22-25 mark the culmination of the five-month programme that took place across six regions including Delhi, Ludhiana, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

From Noida, Shaw will travel to Jaipur on February 26 where he will share tips with students at the St. Edmunds School, as part of the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA programme — a comprehensive youth basketball initiative that applies the values of basketball to positively impact the lives of Indian boys and girls.

Shaw will then travel to Mumbai the next day to engage the youth of Mumbai at NBA Jam at the K.J. Somaiya College, where fans will have the chance to meet with Shaw, win NBA merchandise, and experience lifestyle elements including interactive games, contests and live music performances.

Shaw will conclude his India visit with a live television appearance on Sony SIX’s NBA morning show ‘Around the Hoop’ on Feb. 28.

Over 14 years in the NBA, Shaw played for seven different teams including the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won three consecutive NBA Championships from 2000 to 2002. Following his retirement as a player, Shaw joined the coaching staff of Lakers head coach and Hall of Famer Phil Jackson, where he won two more Championships (2009, 2010).

Shaw joined the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach in 2011 before being named head coach of the Denver Nuggets in 2013.

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