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Meet India’s first homegrown NBA player, Satnam Singh Bhamara

first_imgIt is futile to imagine just how tall NBA tenderfoot Satnam Singh Bhamara is in person, because your expectations will come crashing down as soon as he stands before you. Towering over everyone for miles around at a colossal 7ft 2 inches, he will leave you gaping while invoking an,It is futile to imagine just how tall NBA tenderfoot Satnam Singh Bhamara is in person, because your expectations will come crashing down as soon as he stands before you. Towering over everyone for miles around at a colossal 7ft 2 inches, he will leave you gaping while invoking an instinctive urge to keep out of his way. By contrast, 19-year-old Satnam’s mild and playful nature earns him a bunch of adoring hangers-on everywhere he goes, a sea change from his obscure life six years back.Humble beginningsThis basketball prodigy’s modest tale begins in a nondescript Punjab village called Ballo Ke where he spent his early years helping his father with the family farm. His fate with basketball was more fortunate than his father, Balbir Singh Bhamara’s, who had dreamed of playing basketball throughout his childhood years. Unfortunately Satnam’s grandfather wasn’t a fan of the idea and bound his son to duties of the farm. For this reason, Balbir made sure no one ever stood in the way of Satnam’s desire to play. When at age 10 he decided to take up basketball, he was quickly noticed and found himself under the tutorage of acclaimed coach S. Subramanian. “My father told me to live my dream and make something out of myself. The more I played, the more I was convinced that I was really good at the game,” says Satnam. He trained for the under-14 nationals in 2009 but was unable to play on the day of the game because of a critical leg injury, which he had ignored for months and had suddenly resurfaced and gotten worse. “This was the difference between playing in India and playing abroad. The doctor told me my leg would heal by itself and I should continue playing. Here, a sportsperson’s health is not taken seriously and there aren’t many good doctors for young players,” says Satnam.advertisementThe big breakIn 2010, he travelled to Delhi to play in front of three American scouts on recommendation from his coach and was selected from among eight others for a fully paid sports scholarship at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, USA. “It was a long-term commitment, but I thought five years was nothing if I could make something of myself in that time. I decided that this was my shot and I had to work hard. I struggled the most with language in the beginning as it was hard for me to even communicate with the coaches who were training me. So I focused only on my playing and learning English during my stay there,” says Satnam. In 2015, Satnam was selected in the 52nd pick of the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the first Indian basketball player to be drafted in the NBA.Coaching abroad vs India”I owe my success to my first coach Subramanian who was the best coach in my opinion. He had a library full of books on basketball tactics and coaching which he devoured to teach us the best he could. He was self-taught in the game and his knowledge of techniques was extensive. But then again, there is a fundamental difference in the way this game is played in both countries. Abroad, even if you painstakingly master a few moves, it is never considered enough. There is always a push to discover better moves and improve. On the other hand in India there is a mentality of ‘kaam chalau’ (settling with whatever you already have), and this way there will be no innovation and the game will never get ahead,” he says ruefully.Future plansSatnam plans to take his family along to the US in the next few years and play there till he retires, “No one in my family has ever been on a plane. I want to show them a new country and how different life can be outside our little village. When I have achieved enough I will come back to India and coach children like me. I want to see basketball earn the same place that cricket has in this country in the near future.”last_img read more

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Sony Xperia XA3 passes through TENAA, may launch at IFA 2018

first_imgWe have been hearing about the Sony Xperia XZ3, the successor to the Xperia XZ2, for a few weeks now and all reports point towards an IFA 2018 launch. However, the Xperia XZ3 may not be the only phone expected to be announced at the upcoming tech trade show. We now hear of an Xperia XA3 as it recently passed through Chinese certification site TENAA. The phone will succeed the Xperia XA2, which was launched only around seven months ago at CES 2018.The TENAA listing of the Xperia XA3 with model number H4413 doesn’t really give us a lot to work with apart from the confirmation that it will support LTE and will run Android OS. This isn’t surprising and it looks like we will have to wait a little longer to know more about the Xperia XA2 successor. The listing suggests the XA3 is nearing its official launch. There is no official confirmation yet, but reports say the phone could be unveiled at IFA 2018 for the global market.It sounds a little strange for the company to launch the Xperia XA3 so soon since the XA2 is not even a year old. It is possible that Sony wants to bring an Xperia XA phone with a tall 18:9 display before the end of 2018 so that its product lineup is more up-to-date. The Xperia XA2 that was launched at CES 2018 in January alongside the XA2 Ultra brought a traditional 16:9 full HD display, while successive phones like the Xperia XZ2 chopped down those chunky bezels that Sony was known for.advertisementSpeaking of the Xperia XZ2, Sony recently launched the flagship phone in India at a pretty whopping price tag of Rs 72,990. The device not only brings a 5.7-inch full-HD+ HDR display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, but it also packs a Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM, a 3D glass back design, a 19-megapixel rear camera with support for 4K HDR movie recording and a 5-megapixel selfie camera, among other things.Meanwhile, there have been rumours surrounding the Xperia XZ3 off late. We have also seen alleged live images of the phone suggesting it will bring a dual cameras on the front and back. The Xperia XZ3 was also spotted on Geekbench a while ago with some specs such as a Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Additionally, the flagship is tipped to sport a 5.9-inch display with QHD+ screen resolution and run Android P out-of-the-box.ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ2 with Snapdragon 845, 18:9 HDR display launched in Indialast_img read more

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