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NBA analysis meets Middle Eastern geopolitics in John Hollinger’s Indiana Pacers preview:

Signed Maceo Baston, let Scot Pollard leave. I’m a huge Baston fan based on the numbers he put up the past few years with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and I believe he’ll be a productive NBA power forward. He came cheap, too, because he was understandably anxious to find a new employer once Hezbollah started firing rockets over the border. With three capable centers on hand already, Pollard won’t be missed much.

Not that I follow Israeli basketball, but looking up Baston information online it seems that he found himself playing there in the first place because he’s undersized relative to his big man skill set. A sort of classic type of guy who can succeed in college and in Europe but can’t do very well in the NBA.

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