Inside his travel bag were two reels with 90 minutes of…

Inside his travel bag were two reels with 90 minutes of one-inch film wrapped around them. If he was successful, he could open his country’s eyes wider than ever to the NBA’s most famous teams — the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. For the first time in the league’s history, a game was going to be shown to an international audience, and Andrea Bassani couldn’t make a mistake with the cargo. If those tapes didn’t make it to Italy in time for the broadcast, the first televised NBA game outside of America would be delayed. “I would’ve taken the next flight back to New York and stayed there forever,” said Bassani, who was nervous about what would happen if questioned by customs officials about the tapes.
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