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Saiyuan Bian fell in love with basketball as a kid growing up in China. He thought the game could take him to the moon. It hasn't taken him quite that far, but it has taken him around the world -- and brought him closer to NBA players like Damian Lillard. (Courtesy Saiyuan Bian)MoreCloseclosemore
Saiyuan Bian fell in love with basketball as a kid growing up in China. He thought the game could take him to the moon. It hasn't taken him quite that far, but it has taken him around the world -- and brought him closer to NBA players like Damian Lillard. (Courtesy Saiyuan Bian)

Saiyuan Bian, a basketball player from China, has had dreams of playing pro basketball since he was a child. This week on Only A Game, Bian's journey to the pros as a player-translator. Also, actor Jesse Eisenberg reveals the true cause behind the Phoenix Suns' 1993 NBA Finals collapse. And, reflections on U.S. Soccer's elimination from the 2018 World Cup with former coach Bruce Arena. Join us!

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This program aired on June 9, 2018.

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