‘A strange thing for a Turkish guy to be called Salami’

And so it was for 1970s American television program featuring an implausibly-cast character of the same name as the starting high school point guard on “The White Shadow.”

The program had a serious influence on the growth of basketball in Turkey, which looks to be on a collision course with the U.S. to reach the finals of the FIBA World Championships, winding down this weekend in Istanbul.

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