India's NBA history maker Satnam Singh fails to put an end to father's struggles

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Kolkata, Nov 24: Being the first player from India he had signed for one of the popular NBA clubs Dallas Mavericks on 26 June 2015. And the moment turned fanatical in the sporting fraternity all over the country.

His family, living with a life-long struggle in a small village Ballo Ke in Haryana had started feeling blessed that ultimately joining the wealthy NBA League he would earn money and change the family’s miserable financial condition.

File photo: Satnam Singh, with NCC students doing dribbling in Jalandhar

Satnam Singh Bhamara, the 21-year old basketball prodigy himself was optimistic that playing in the NBA League for Mavericks will change the financial hardship of his family.

Even he promised his father Balbir Singh Bhamara that he would send such an amount of money to his family that will give relief his father from rising everyday at 4 in the morning and go to wheat field for earning.

On Wednesday (November 23), Balbir lamented saying, "Satnam has not been able to send even a penny to the family in the last one year. I still get up at 4 in the morning everyday and go for working at the wheat field. Even I have not been able to change the brick house in last year."

Satnam, despite having signed for Mavericks, has been forced to play in the NBA-D league. A statement from Mavericks was released a couple of months after his joining the club that Satnam will be representing D-league club Texas Legends as he needs to earn experience and maturity to compete in the NBA's top league.

Then Satnam joined Legends. But in the last one year, in the team's 16 matches in the current season, Satnam has been fielded only in only 5 games. Considering the time he has been on the floor so far, Satnam has played only 34 minutes totally!

Balbir said, "Playing in the D-league does not help any player to earn a lot. D-league clubs only pay stipend to the players. Naturally, it has not been possible for Satnam also to send money to us. But, Legends coach is happy with Satnam’s progress. And I am waiting whether he gets a promotion to B-league in the next season. Playing in the B-League helps player to earn noticeable amount of money."

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