Mumbai, Oct. 4 -- A pre-season game thousands of miles away from their regular field of action is not a preferred way of gearing up. Hence, teams usually take such matches a bit lightly.

Despite that the NBA India Games-two pre-season matches involving Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers here on Friday and Saturday-have a special significance as it is the first time it is being held in India. That could put extra pressure on the players to give a mesmerising show to attract new supporters in a country dominated by cricket. The players are aware of this fact and therefore want to be as competitive as possible.

"Hopefully, we can come out, put on a good show and just keep it exciting. If it's exciting for someone who is watching basketball ...