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President Trump asks: ‘Am I invited’ to NBA preseason games between Kings and Pacers?

President Donald Trump wants to know if he is invited to attend preseason games between the Kings and Indiana Pacers next month in Mumbai, India.

Trump’s remarks came Sunday during an appearance with Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston.

“And very soon India will have access to another world-class American product — NBA basketball,” Trump said in a video posted on NDTV. “Wow. That sounds good. That sounds good. Next week, thousands of people will gather in Mumbai to watch the first-ever NBA basketball game in India.”

Trump then addressed Modi, who was seated in the audience.

“Am I invited, Mr. Prime Minister?” Trump asked, chuckling as Modi smiled and nodded. “I may come. Be careful. I may come.”

The Kings will play the Pacers Oct. 4-5 at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai, the NBA’s first foray into India as part of its efforts to grow the game globally. Kings co-owner Vivek Ranadive is the NBA’s first Indian-born owner.

“The Sacramento Kings are proud to be playing in the first NBA games ever held in India,” Ranadive said in a written statement when the game’s were announced. “As an Indian-American, it is an honor to help bring this historic moment to the country where I was raised. The sport is experiencing tremendous growth in India and we are excited about continuing to expand the NBA’s reach to fans across the globe. The world wants to watch basketball and India is a fast-growing new frontier.”

Sacramento Kings preseason schedule

Oct. 4 vs. Indiana Pacers, 6:30 a.m. (India)

Oct. 5 vs. Indiana Pacers, 6:30 a.m. (India)

Oct. 10 vs. Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Utah Jazz, 6 p.m.

Oct. 16 vs. Melbourne United, 7 p.m.

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Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He started his journalism career at The Bee more than 20 years ago and returned to cover the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.