SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sim Bhullar is used to people staring at him. At 7-foot-5 and 360 pounds, Bhullar's big frame draws attention everywhere he goes. Even for him, though, the last few days have been unlike anything he has ever seen. As the first NBA player of Indian descent, Bhullar has attracted a worldwide audience since signing a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings. He's fully aware of the cultural significance and wants to make the most of the opportunity — for himself, his family and every kid in India with a basketball and a dream. "It's a big moment in the history of the NBA and the history of my country in India," Bhullar said before sitting on the bench during Sacramento's 101-95 loss to the Ne
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings are signing Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract, making him the NBA's first player of Indian descent. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Kings are not expected to announce Bhullar's deal until Thursday, when David Wear's 10-day contract expires and a roster spot opens up. Bhullar is being called up from the team's NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, and will be on the roster Friday when the Kings host the New Orleans Pelicans. ESPN first reported Bhullar's call-up. The 7-foot-5, 360-pound Bhullar was born in Toronto to Indian-born parents and played two seasons at New Mexico State. He's averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 re
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At one time, just making the playoffs would have been cause for celebration for the Los Angeles Clippers. This year, that accomplishment went practically unnoticed. Chris Paul scored 25 points, DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds, and the Clippers extended a franchise record by clinching a playoff berth for the fourth straight season with a 119-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Los Angeles had made the playoffs just once in 14 seasons prior to the 2011-12 season. But the talented Clippers aren't satisfied with merely getting in the postseason these days. "What, we clinched tonight?" Paul responded when told. "There are a few teams in the league who get to the playoffs and
Notes and tidbits from around the NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ NOTRE DAME UP AGAINST 50 SHADES OF BLUE Don't expect Notre Dame to be shaken by Kentucky's Big Blue. Actually, the color seems to suit the Fighting Irish rather well. Notre Dame fans will be badly outnumbered on Saturday night inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland when the Irish face the top-seeded Wildcats, who are followed around the country each March by their devoted fans — college basketball's version of Deadheads. It's nothing new to Notre Dame, which had to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and faced Duke and North Carolina on consecutive nights.