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Sam Perkins says he's attended more than a thousand America East basketball games. (Courtesy of Sam Perkins)
Sam Perkins says he's attended more than a thousand America East basketball games. (Courtesy of Sam Perkins)

As basketball season heats up, we have three basketball stories from around the globe: After his father died, Sam Perkins turned a father-son tradition of attending 'America East' games into a full-time job. Also, Ira Brown grew up in a small Texas town without a stable family or home. Now he's found both  and a basketball career  in Tokyo. And how 23-year-old Pete Strickland brought the "Maryland All-Stars" to Ireland   and is now poised to become Ireland's basketball's hero again, 37 years later. Join us!

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A Father, A Son And A Small-Time Basketball Conference

After his father died, Sam Perkins found comfort in America East basketball. Then he turned his fandom into a full-time job.

3 Stories: Loudmouth LaVar, Nike's 'Pro Hijab,' World Baseball Classic

Is basketball dad LaVar Ball bragging too much about his sons' play? Will Nike's new hijab really make a difference? And would adding American stars make the World Baseball Classic more interesting?

From Texas To Tokyo: How Ira Brown Found Family In Basketball

Former Gonzaga basketball player Ira Brown had a rough childhood. Now he's found a home in Japan.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the recent clash between FIFA and the Trump administration over its travel ban, the greatest soccer comeback of all time and tennis ball retrieval of the four-legged variety.

The 'Maryland All-Stars' Who Helped Ireland Catch Basketball Fever

In 1981, organizers of an international basketball tournament in Ireland were looking to add an American team to their program. What they got was nine guys who had never yet played together.

This program aired on March 11, 2017.


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