The Sacramento Kings held their first-ever Bollywood night on Wednesday, as they hosted the neighboring Los Angeles Lakers, making the night one in which Indian show business triumphed ...
The event began with the Sacramento Kings players warming up with t-shirts that had “Kings” written on them in Hindi. The seats throughout the entire Sleep Train Arena were re-decorated with the same t-shirts, featuring bright, festive colors, and the Hindi-emblazoned t-shirts were even given out to all fans who attended the game.
“Bollywood Night” also featured performances by Anjali Ranadivé, the daughter of team majority owner Vivek Ranadivé, who sang her song “We Turn Up” during halftime, accompanied by the team’s official dancers. Her father even danced with her during the performance, and hugged his daughter at center court during the dance.
There were traditional dance performances from University of California (UC) Davis student groups LashKara, a Hindi Film-Fusion group, and Sunatya, a Bharatanatyam group. There was also a performance from Sacramento Kings Dancers dressed in traditional Indian attire. Both groups also performed at halftime, leaving the crowd cheering and on their feet.
Ya gotta' be kiddn,' right! This is a joke, isn't it? I can't believe the NBA would allow such a spectacle. If this is truly the case, why not just move the team to Mumbai, and move up the plans to really go global this decade.
Vivek, is the majority partner in the Kings, and he can ostensibly do whatever he wants to promote the team. I just wish he would pay more attention to what got him to the point where he could afford to buy an NBA franchise.