NBA champion Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings will visit India from April 28 to promote the upcoming NBA India Games 2019 and continued growth of basketball in the country. Barnes, a 68 forward who won the NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, will come to Delhi on April 28 and visit Mumbai on April 30, the National Basketball Association said in a statement on Wednesday.

He will again go to Delhi on May 3 to attend the national finals of the fourth ACG-NBA Jump, India’s national basketball talent search programme. “The trip to India will be a great opportunity for me to get a sneak peek into the local culture before the upcoming pre-season games in Mumbai this October,” Barnes said.

“I look forward to being a part of this historic event, and I’m excited to help support the NBA’s various basketball development initiatives in India,” he added.