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Watch: My dream was to go to NBA, says Amjyot Singh

The Bridge caught up with Amjyot Singh in the midst of his busy schedule for a fun conversation over some three-pointers, and half-court shots.



Updated: 23 April 2021 6:47 AM GMT

Ask any Indian basketball fan who Amjyot Singh is. Of course, the basketball star has been NBA G-League for the last couple of years. Recently, he joined the Wisconsin Herds, the G-League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, from the OKC Blue.

He has been the team's leading scorer in most major international tournaments over the past six years, and also played professionally in Japan's Development League for a season.

The Bridge caught up with him in the midst of his busy schedule for a fun conversation over some three-pointers, and half-court shots.

"My father used to play basketball so when I got injured while playing cricket I used to go see him play basketball so I used to do rehab and watch him play," Amjyot starts the conversation. "And then I thought that cricket was like boring so I thought basketball was much interesting," he says.

What follows is a candid chat about Amjyot's first big challenge in his career and his stint so far in the NBA G-League. "The first challenge I ever got was like when I went from India to play in Japan. That was the major challenge because I didn't know the language which the Japanese used to say or anything…And there was no English also. They don't use much English to speak. (So that was a big challenge in my life) because it was a drastic change," he recalls.

"My dream was to go to the NBA. My father's dream was to go to the NBA. So when I reached there, it was a dream come true," Amjyot says when quizzed about his move to America.

By this point, 6-foot-9-inch baller had had enough of the questions and being at Score Bengaluru's basketball court, he was itching to score a few three-pointers. He started off with some warm-ups, routine shots and basic dribbling before moving on to shooting from distance. Amjyot's score in the three-pointer challenge? Two out of three. At the half-court shot challenge, though, he did better netting all of his three attempts.

Afterwards, he would return to answer a few questions wherein he spoke about next year's 3x3 Olympic qualifying tournament which will be held in India. He also revealed that according to him Amritpal Singh is the best Indian player, "I have been playing with him from 2010. So, Vishesh and Amritpal, these two are the best ones. Because we have beaten a lot of teams by playing with each other," Amjyot said.

The 27-year-old Wisconsin Herd player signed off with a message for budding basketball players, "Be yourself, do what you love. Don't suppress yourself because of obstacles that'll come your way. Always do what you want."

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