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GLADWELL: But I’m not done. So now I think, the last move I wanna make is, I think it’s fair, because Nigeria is just one little country [Ed. note: population 197 million], for them to also lay claim on neighboring African states. I think that’s fair. So who can I add from neighboring African states? Well, who grew up next door to Nigeria? Joel Embiid.
SIMMONS: Mm. You have a lot of centers on this team.
GLADWELL: But now so what am I missing? So now I got—
SIMMONS: You have no point guard.
GLADWELL: I need a point guard. Right? So where am I going to find a point guard?
SIMMONS: I don’t know. Just keep adding countries ‘til you’ve got a point guard.
GLADWELL: Bill, Bill. This is a great question. This is a creaky[?] question. Where am I going to find a point guard from subequatorial Africa, close to Nigeria? [Ed. note: Lagos to Johannesburg is a 95-hour drive] One of the greatest point guards in the game.
SIMMONS: Who’s that?
GLADWELL: You don’t know?
GLADWELL: Steve Nash. Born in Johannesburg!
SIMMONS: Oh wow.
SIMMONS: Why don’t you just call it African? Why is it Nigerian?
GLADWELL: Well, because the heart, its heart is Nigerian.
SIMMONS: So it’s the capital.
GLADWELL: I mean this is really, this is about Nigerians owning the fact that they could put together the greatest basketball team of all time. I don’t think you can—try, just try and come up with a team that beats that, under my categories.
SIMMONS: So, part of this theory is you feel like Nigeria in general is underrated.
GLADWELL: Completely underrated.
SIMMONS: As an athletic powerhouse.