Slovenia: Small country, big game

Originally Published: September 15, 2013
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Just a five-minute drive from the Stozice Arena is the University of Ljubljana's Medical Centre, the hospital where Rasho Nesterovic's mother, Branka, worked as a midwife when the future NBA center was still a callow youth growing up in what was then a unified Yugoslavia.

He was just 15 when another birth was engineered in the city, the Republic of Slovenia declaring independence from its former Balkan brothers. A new nation, a fresh identity. But it was also ...

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