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Hoopdarshan Episode 101: All Star and Midseason Musings with Ashwin Gopinath

Hoopdarshan Episode 101: All Star and Midseason Musings with Ashwin Gopinath

February 28, 2021
The 2021 NBA All Stars have already been named, and of course, we have some thoughts to share. Hoopdarshan Episode 101 features co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok in conversation with Ashwin Gopinath, co-host of the Ball is Bae podcast, to discuss the names that made it, the names that didn't, and answer some questions about what have gotten right and wrong in the NBA season so far. 
Hoopdarshan Episode 100: Century Celebrations with Padma Shri Anitha Paul Durai.

Hoopdarshan Episode 100: Century Celebrations with Padma Shri Anitha Paul Durai.

February 14, 2021

It's episode 100! A time for the Hoopdarshan, India's truest basketball podcast, to celebrate our century. In this landmark episode, co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok discuss the podcast's highlights over the past 5 years, interview Indian baskebtall's Padma Shri awardee Anitha Paul Durai, and add the film Chhalaang to the Indian Basketball Movie Database. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 99: Aparna Rajkumar on Women’s basketball and broadcasting in India

Hoopdarshan Episode 99: Aparna Rajkumar on Women’s basketball and broadcasting in India

December 24, 2020

A true hoops lifer, Aparna Rajkumar has been the voice behind many of top Indian basketball broadcast over the years, commenting on national and international tournaments and hosting India's top women's players on her online show, 'Stree Got Game'. Rajkumar joins Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok on the Hoopdarshan podcast to discuss basketball broadcasting in country, challenges faced by India's top female players, watching Magic Johnson on the court, and the Indian women's GOAT.

Hoopdarshan Episode 98: NBA Bubble Stories and more with Gautam Kapur

Hoopdarshan Episode 98: NBA Bubble Stories and more with Gautam Kapur

November 10, 2020

Gautam Kapur, the Associate Manager of Basketball Strategy at the NBA, spent several months this year in the NBA's "Bubble" in Orlando, helping monitor the league's state-of-the-art healthcare technology. Kapur joins Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok in Episode 98 of Hoopdarshan to share fascinating stories from the Bubble, growing up and playing basketball in India, memories from the NBA India Games, and the Lakers' Butter Chicken connection. 

Hoopdarshan 97: Lakers & LeBron championship recap with Vinod Muthukumar

Hoopdarshan 97: Lakers & LeBron championship recap with Vinod Muthukumar

October 19, 2020

The Lakers are 2020 NBA Champions! In Episode 97 of Hoopdarshan, Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok invite Vinod Muthukumar - Maharashtra basketball tsar & co-host of the Patel and Kumar NBA Show - to discuss what this championship means in Lakers lore, appreciate LeBron’s consistent greatness, AD’s game-changing addition, Jimmy Butler’s inspiring moments, and more.

Hoopdarshan Episode 96 Lakers and Heat NBA Finals Preview with Abhishek Bhardwaj

Hoopdarshan Episode 96 Lakers and Heat NBA Finals Preview with Abhishek Bhardwaj

September 29, 2020

It took a lot longer than usual, but the 2020 NBA Finals are finally here! In Episode 96 of Hoopdarshan, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok welcome Lakers superfan Abhishek Bhardwaj to discuss a number of intriguing storylines including AD vs. Bam, Riley vs. LeBron, Kuzma vs. Herro, Lakers stars vs. Heat Culture, Kobe, Dwight, and much more.  

Hoopdarshan 95: Yash Matange on India’s rising prospects + Bubble Playoff Preview

Hoopdarshan 95: Yash Matange on India’s rising prospects + Bubble Playoff Preview

August 17, 2020

In Episode 95 of Hoopdarshan, we welcome NBA India editor and writer Yash Matange. Matange discusses the success of recent Indian prospects like Prince Pal Singh, Anna Mary Zachariah, Siya Deodhar and more with co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok. Then, we preview the unprecedented NBA Bubble Playoffs, from Dame Time and Lakers Questions to Giannis, Toronto, Nuggets, and more. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 94: Siddharth Sharma on the UBA League and his epic bike trip to the NBA India Games

Hoopdarshan Episode 94: Siddharth Sharma on the UBA League and his epic bike trip to the NBA India Games

July 22, 2020

To watch the first-ever NBA India Games in October, Indian basketball superfan and journalist Siddharth Sharma (aks SidBreakBall) embarked on an epic 3-day, 2,000 km bike journey from Kolkata to Mumbai. On Episode 94 of Hoopdarshan, Sharma joins co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok to discuss this wild trip, his memories at the very first NBA preseason game in India, working as a broadcaster for the UBA league, and the hoops scene in Kolkata. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 93: Teenage phenom Harsimran Kaur on the NCAA future and WNBA dreams

Hoopdarshan Episode 93: Teenage phenom Harsimran Kaur on the NCAA future and WNBA dreams

June 20, 2020

One of the brightest young stars in Indian basketball, 17-year-old Harsimran 'Hunny' Kaur, joins Episode 93 of Hoopdarshan. The teenager from Kapurthala, Punjab spoke to hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok about joining San Diego State of the NCAA D1, dreams to become the first Indian in the WNBA, and how she finally defeated her father - a former national player - on the court.

Hoopdarshan Episode 92: Bikramjit Gill on his journey to 3×3 success

Hoopdarshan Episode 92: Bikramjit Gill on his journey to 3×3 success

May 9, 2020

On Episode 92, Indo-Canadian baller Bikramjit Gill joins Hoopdarshan from Toronto, where he talks to co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok about staying fit in lockdown, the journey that made him a 3x3 phenom in India, the state of Indian basketball, and how the nickname '6earded King' came about. 

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