This is my favorite time of the year. Ask anyone.

For most of the year, there’s no telling where I might be found and what I might be up to. But from mid-April through late June, I guarantee I’m within range of a TV screen, immersed in the NBA playoffs. Initially when I moved to Japan, lacking easy access to all the sports I indulged back in the U.S., I allowed my passion for the NFL and MLB to dissipate. But not the NBA. By hook or by crook, I would get my fix.

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