Oct 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Globalization has come to an NBA roster near you.
The season opens this week with 84 players born outside the United States on NBA rosters, or about 20 percent. That is the highest number of international players ever in the NBA.
There are 38 countries or territories represented on the list, and players are on 28 of the 30 NBA teams, with Toronto leading the way with six players.
What country has the most? France at 11, just like you guessed. Second is Turkey with five, which helps explain how they got all the way to the finals of the FIBA World Championships this summer. Well, that and they hosted the games and had a crazy-loud home crowd.
Here in the NBA, what matters simply is “can you play” not where you are from. As it should be. Let the ball talk. To borrow and (and modify) Sheed’s line, ball don’t lie.
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