When Sim Bhullar got word that he’d be called up to the Sacramento Kings, he first noticed the jam-packed schedule that lay ahead — a prime opportunity with five games during his 10-day contract.
Then his focus shifted to one game in particular: April 7 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Amid a groundbreaking week for the Indian-Canadian giant, Tuesday night’s game will hold special meeting, as he will suit up for an NBA game against childhood friends and fellow Toronto natives Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.
“We’re pretty much like one big family,” Bhullar said last week, adding that many members of the Canadian basketball family will be flying to Sacramento for the game.
Bhullar remembers Wiggins, the eventual 2014 No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick, as the kid who used to sleep over his house. The Timberwolves rising star was born on the same day — Feb. 23, 1995 — as Bhullar’s younger brother Tanveer, a redshirt freshman at New Mexico State. “Him and my brother are pretty much best friends,” Sim said.
Bennett and Sim’s paths have coincided since they were 12 years old, taking “all those trips to Orlando, all those bus rides together” with the same AAU program, Bhullar remembers. Now they work out together during the summer, share the same agent — their former coach with AAU powerhouse CIA Bounce, Mike George — and keep in constant contact.
Other members of the CIA Bounce alumni family include Milwaukee Bucks rookie Tyler Ennis, Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk and Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson.
Recap Bhullar’s whirlwind week: