Indian-American named NBA team’s assistant coach

Houston, September 16

Memphis Grizzlies, an American professional basketball team which competes in the NBA, has hired an Indian-American as its assistant coach.

Sonia Raman joins Vin Bhavnani (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Roy Rana (Sacramento Kings) as the only coaches of Indian origin in the NBA.

Raman becomes the 14th female assistant coach in the history of the NBA and the 10th among current coaching staffers in the league. She becomes the seventh female coach to be hired as an assistant in the league since the beginning of the 2019-20 season. “She has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous ability to teach the game,” head coach Taylor Jenkins said. “She is going to be a great addition.”

Raman had served as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2008. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Grizzlies coaching staff. I can’t wait to get to Memphis and get started with Taylor, his staff and the team’s emerging young core,” Raman said. — PTI

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