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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 27 / 15

D-League Reno Bighorns and NBA Kings C Sim Bhullar , the first NBA player of Indian descent, appeared on CBS’ “Late Late Show” last night with guest host actor Kunal Nayyar . Nayyar noted Bhullar’s mother called him and said, "'Can you please help Sim have an arranged marri...

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