Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller | NK News
July 15, 2024
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Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller

State propaganda has pushed dubious claim since 60s, and it may have even driven Kim Jong Un’s obsession with the sport

The importance of height in basketball has long been obvious, no more so than as giants on the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks have battled it out in the NBA finals this week.

And this fact has not escaped notice in basketball-loving North Korea, which has consistently blamed its players’ smaller statures for a lack of success at the highest levels.

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