Sport: Heroes Away From Home

Jimmy Wilkins is a pro basketball star. With 25 to 30 points a game, he is among his league's top scorers, and last year he carried his team to a national championship. When he plays in his club's home arena, screaming girls shower him with confetti and every game is S.R.O. Despite his popularity, Jimmy Wilkins of San Jose, Calif., is unfamiliar to American fans; he plays for Spiel und Sportverein (Game and Sports Club) in Hagen, West Germany.

Wilkins is not Germany's only imported basketball player. Nearly every one of the 16 teams that make up the Bundesliga, or major league,...

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