Alex Massie Alex Massie

The Lithuanian Conundrum

Matt Yglesias wants to know why Lithuania (population 3.8million) is so good at basketball:

As everyone knows, to succeed at basketball you need tall people. Not only do even your backcourt players need to be tall, but you need to be able to pull several freakishly tall big men together. It seems inconceivable that such a tiny country could manage to field so many quality basketball players consistently over an extended period of time no matter how basketball-mad the country may be.

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