Asher Kohn (Twitter: @AJKhn) studies Reds baseball and Islamic law in the former USSR. There is less in common between those two than you might think.
A lesson in humility, and the importance of language, and the significance of playing soccer very badly, as learned at a high altitude in a former Soviet republic.
In our penultimate installment for Kenny Lofton Week, Asher Kohn tells the story of a boy from the godforsaken suburbs of Chicago (one with a unique flavor of godforsaken), APBA Pro Baseball -- the hipster's Strat-o-matic -- and basketball shorts with "CATS" on the side.
Basketball is a growing thing in Turkey. And given that basketball is often used as a trope to bring underprivileged minority communities together in America,. it should be no surprise that it can do the same elsewhere. Energetic lanky kids need something to do indoors the world over, and it only takes a clever person and a bouncy orange ball to do that.