Ambassador Mutombo sent to India

Updated: December 9, 2009, 7:38 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NBA is taking another step in its plans to expand its presence in India, sending Dikembe Mutombo to take part in a pair of events this week.

The former All-Star center, recently hired as the league's global ambassador, was in Mumbai on Wednesday to unveil two refurbished courts, along with a learning center, which the league said will benefit more than 1,500 children.

He will take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for another new court Friday in Chennai, then remain there to run a coaching clinic over the weekend.

Much as it previously did with China, the NBA has tried to capitalize on its popularity in India. The league has held a number of events there the last two years, including a Basketball without Borders camp last summer.


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