There is no doubt that the game of basketball is growing day by day and it is one of the exciting and exhilarating sport. Though it is played in 5×5 format, there is a new format that is catching everyone’s eye and that’s the 3×3 format.
The new format only adds variety and brings an element of exuberance for the spectators. This sport recently became an official Olympic sport and would be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games (CWG).
With Delhi Hoopsters clinching the maiden 3×3 title, we spoke to their star player Inderbir Gill and on his journey in the game of basketball.
Tell us about how you picked up the sport of basketball?
I was born in India and used to play cricket and football. My father played football for Punjab but after I went to the United States in 1998 at age of 12 i began playing basketball.
How has been `the experience of playing with Delhi Hoopers in the 3×3 World tour?
It was a great experience for all of us. The team that we took was a first time and did not get the success it wanted but overall it was a great experience and not played in FIBA World Tour before. This time we have a really good team and need more practice together and hope we get another chance in the FIBA event to get better results.
who are your basketball idols and any one player you look upto?
My favourite player is Lebron James. He is the best player in the world the way he plays and gets everybody involved is amazing. I admire him a lot.
Have you played against any Indian players before?
i haven’t played Indian guys but I am friends with Palpreet Brar, Amjyot Singh and these guys are good and given right opportunity make India proud
How do you see the sport of basketball growing the country?
Basketball is growing in India. whenever I have come here I see more and more players taking up the game. They are learning American ways of basketball which is good to see. The game needs exposure and better platform and 3BL gives them that platform to earn money and a chance to perform.
For a game like a basketball you need to take care of diet and fitness, how do you manage to do that?
It is very important to have the right kind of food and also hit the gym regularly. I do eat carbs but ensure i hit the gym regularly. I stay away from oily food.
Every player sets a goal for himself, what has been your goal/ dream that you want to fulfill?
My dream is to play for India, even though it looks unlikely but still given an opportunity will love to represent the country i was born.