“Milorad Dodik would like to make two things clear at the outset: that he is the president of a legitimate state, rather than an ethnically cleansed territory in a country with internationally recognized borders; and that, at 58, he can still shoot hoops like a pro.

On basketball, he has a point. He plays regularly, and although he never played professionally outside the former Yugoslavia, once an international powerhouse in the sport, he showed good game on a court in St. Petersburg last summer when he joined a veterans’ team, led by the Russian former NBA star Andrei Kirilenko, against Moscow old-timers.” (New York Times)