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Hoopdarshan Episode 73: NBA Midterms with Nikhila Makker

Hoopdarshan Episode 73: NBA Midterms with Nikhila Makker

January 31, 2019
With the season right around its midway point, Hoopdarshan returns with an All-NBA special episode. Joined by special guest Nikhila Makker of FirstPost, co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok talk about the Warriors' dominance, James Harden pros/cons, Pacers vs. Kings in India, and the quality (or lack thereof) of NBA beards. 

 

Hoopdarshan Episode 72: Sanjana Ramesh on NCAA D1 journey + next year’s NBA India Games

Hoopdarshan Episode 72: Sanjana Ramesh on NCAA D1 journey + next year’s NBA India Games

December 31, 2018

Episode 72 of Hoopdarshan comes around Christmas and New Year's with a double dose of gifts for the holidays. We are joined by Sanjana Ramesh - the Beagles Mamba - on becoming the second Indian to receive a NCAA D1 scholarship for Northern Arizona, her basketball journey in Bengaluru, and her favourite dosas. Hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok also discuss the impact of the historic first NBA preseason games between the Kings and Pacers coming to Mumbai next year. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 71: Mizoram basketball superstar Lalrina Renthlei on the MSL and basketball in the North-East

Hoopdarshan Episode 71: Mizoram basketball superstar Lalrina Renthlei on the MSL and basketball in the North-East

December 9, 2018

With the finals of the fifth season of India's most-extra basketball event - the Mizoram Basketball League (MSL) - in our sights, Hoopdarshan welcomes Mizo basketball's biggest star and last season's MVP Lalrina Renthlei as our special guest for Episode 71. In a wide-ranging interview, Renthlei speaks to hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok about the MSL's growth, basketball in the North-East, toggling between pro basketball and snooker, and his ambitions to play for India's national team.

Hoopdarshan Episode 70: Palpreet Singh Brar on his G-League journey, BFI suspension, and more

Hoopdarshan Episode 70: Palpreet Singh Brar on his G-League journey, BFI suspension, and more

November 14, 2018

It's Diwali season, and Hoopdarshan has brought the fireworks. In Episode 70 of the podcast, we feature special guest Palpreet Singh Brar, the first Indian to be drafted directly by the NBA G-League, an important member of the Indian national team, and the man embroiled around a controversy that got him suspended from Indian basketball this year. Brar bares his all, giving his side of the story, and providing more details of his incredible journey. Additionally, co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok catch up on other news in Indian basketball and the NBA. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 69: Superspectacular NBA 2018-19 Preview with James Hsu

Hoopdarshan Episode 69: Superspectacular NBA 2018-19 Preview with James Hsu

October 17, 2018
The new NBA season is here, and so is Hoopdarshan, India's premier basketball podcast! In episode 69, hosts Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok are joined by basketball superfan James Hsu to speak about burning topics like the Warriors' inevitability, Lakers' playoff fortunes, the LeBron-less battle in the East, and everything else! 

 

Hoopdarshan Episode 68: Francisco Garcia on the state of Indian Women’s Basketball

Hoopdarshan Episode 68: Francisco Garcia on the state of Indian Women’s Basketball

October 9, 2018

India's premier basketball podcast Hoopdarshan returns with Episode 68, featuring special guest Francisco Garcia, the former head coach of India's women's senior team. Garcia, now back in his native Spain, speaks about where India's performances have faltered in recent years, the important players to carry the torch forward, and his uneding connection to India. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 67: 3X3BL Commissioner Rohit Bakshi on the 3×3 pro basketball league in India

Hoopdarshan Episode 67: 3X3BL Commissioner Rohit Bakshi on the 3×3 pro basketball league in India

August 8, 2018

For Episode 67 of Hoopdarshan, Rohit Bakshi, the Commissioner of 3x3BL - the FIBA-affiliated 3x3 pro basketball league in India - talks to Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok about the league's unlikely inception, dealing with speed-bumps in the first season, 3x3 fans around the country, expansion plans, and much more!

Hoopdarshan Episode 66: Chicago Indo-Pak National Basketball and greatest Desi Ballers with Vik Chokshi

Hoopdarshan Episode 66: Chicago Indo-Pak National Basketball and greatest Desi Ballers with Vik Chokshi

July 19, 2018

This weekend, the top players of South Asian descent in North America will converge in Chicago for the annual Chicago Indo-Pak Nationals. Co-organizer Vik Chokshi joins Hoopdarshan to discuss the history and legacy of this tournament, the greatest desi ballers in North America, and his love for the Chicago Bulls. 

Hoopdarshan Episode 65: NBA Finals recap and Free Agency with Amit Kamath

Hoopdarshan Episode 65: NBA Finals recap and Free Agency with Amit Kamath

June 29, 2018
Episode 65 of the Indian basketball podcast Hoopdarshan features special guest Amit Kamath - writer for FirstPost - who joins co-hosts Kaushik Lakshman and KaranMadhok to talk about experiencing the 2018 NBA Finals in person in Cleveland and Oakland, the moods of the respective fan-bases in this high-stakes contest, and the future of LeBron James with the Cavaliers. 

 

Episode 64: EXCLUSIVE-Amjyot Singh opens up about BFI ban and disillusionment with Indian Basketball

Episode 64: EXCLUSIVE-Amjyot Singh opens up about BFI ban and disillusionment with Indian Basketball

June 13, 2018

Last week, the Basketball Federation of India dropped a bombshell, banning Indian basketball players Amjyot Singh and Palpreet Singh for 1-year based on alleged indiscipline by both players. On Episode 64 of Hoopdarshan, Amjyot Singh tells his side of the story to Kaushik Lakshman and Karan Madhok, addressing all of the federation's allegations, his relationship with his coaches and teammates, and his state-of-mind looking forward as he prepares for the NBA G-League workouts again.