In the winter of 2015, an Indian giant walked into the offices of the Dallas Mavericks, a professional basketball team based in the US. He measured 7’ 2”, weighed just on 136kg and wore a size 22 shoe. At 19 years old, his hands were the largest the staff had ever seen and when he spoke, his voice boomed like a loudspeaker, instantly drawing attention from anyone within ear-shot. His name was Satnam Singh and he truly was an Indian giant. He was at the Mavericks for an interview, one it was hoped could lead to a professional career in basketball. Singh had been discovered five years earlier in a village called Ballo Ke, a farming settlement in Punjab in India. At the age of 14, he was already 6’ 11” and weighed 104 kg. His shoes were in pieces, bursting at the seams and clearly unable to keep up with the extended growth spurt of the young Singh. Through a contracted relationship between the Basketball Federation of India and the Florida-based IMG Sports Academy, Singh ended up in th...

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