Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball

Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball

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Where do you think is the second oldest professional basketball league in the world is, after the NBA? It’s the PBA or Philippine Basketball League. Why would basketball have such a hold on a country where the average height is 5’6.” It sounds more like hoop daydreams than hoop dreams. Fulbright Scholar Rafe Bartholomew went to Philippines to find out and was embedded with the Alaska Aces, a basketball team named for a dairy milk company. His book Pacific Rims is about his unlikely affair with basketball in the Philippines.


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