Basketball in the ‘axis of evil’

On the streets they may shout “Death to America”, but on the court they cheer for American basketball players.

Insults bounce back and forth between Iran and the United States on an almost daily basis but on the basketball court it is a different story.

The Iranian players kiss each other on both cheeks when they meet, the Americans do a high-five.

Diehard fans play drums and trumpets and shout “Ya Ali” – invoking the name of one of the twelve Shia imams – for the slam dunk.


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