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Break down the wall that divides America from the rest of the basketball world

You already know what happens in the NBA – now find out WHY it’s happening as your guide, Ian Thomsen, explains the cultural mysteries of America’s greatest league for fans around the world.

Embrace the global future

The better you understand the American way, the more you’ll love the NBA.

About Ian Thomsen

I’ve been writing about the NBA for all of my professional life. In the 1980s with The Boston Globe I was sitting courtside and reporting in the locker rooms for all three of the legendary NBA Finals between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. In 1992 I covered all of Michael Jordan’s games with the original Dream Team at the Olympics in Barcelona. While living in Paris and London for six years as sports writer of the International Herald Tribune, the world’s largest daily newspaper, I covered a lot of European basketball, met regularly with NBA commissioner David Stern during his international travels, and learned how to explain American sports for people who didn’t live in America. Since 2000 I’ve been covering the NBA with Sports Illustrated and NBA.com, breaking stories, writing features and columns, and developing relationships with NBA players, coaches and general managers. For those of you who subscribe to NBAnswers, I have a lot of private stories to share!

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