Who says "It's only a game"?

Inspired by the late Manute Bol, a southern Sudanese who found fame and fortune as an NBA player in the US, basketball is growing as a sport in the soon-to-be independent South Sudan. As this NY Times story relates, a game played in US neighborhoods, schools and by professionals provides a source of hope and a possible path to a larger world for some talented, ambitious southern Sudanese youth.