Taking the Charge podcast seriesEpisode #41 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-produced weekly podcast Taking the Charge is now online and available for download via iTunes.

With little left say for club basketball in the 2012-13 season except offer sympathy for the San Antonio Spurs and possibly Maccabi Tel Aviv, the emphasis this week is on India – just in case you were doubting they even played the game on The Subcontinent and because what the heck.

Guesting on the program this week is Team India head coach Scott Flemming, who’s over there building up a program from the ground up. Flemming talks to us about myriad issues in what he has often described as “develop[ing] basketball at a grassroots level in the country,” including the importance of Twitter and tea breaks, forming a proper domestic national league, competing in the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship tournament, the recent FIBA rule changes and of course the guy billed as the “Yao Ming of India,” 7’0”, 300-pound (2.13m, 136.5kg) wunderkind Satnam Singh Bhamara.

And since it’s India we’re talking, the sports movie review of the week is all about that Bollywood gem Lagaan, a 2001 epic centered on late-19th century colonial India – and a crucial cricket match between villagers and British heavies. As one-half Bollywood musical, one-half historical drama, one-half cricket flick, this is one traditionally-styled Indian movie the sports fan must see.

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