By Kostas Psimoulis
For many years, Hanno Möttölä was an oddity for European basketball. A Finnish big man playing college basketball in Utah and getting drafted with the 40th overall pick was not something usual back in 2000.
After a long career in basketball with stops in the NCAA, NBA, Spain, Italy, Russia, Lithuania, and Greece, Möttölä took on another role. And while as a player he was the living, breathing proof that basketball in Finland existed, now as a coach of the Helsinki Basketball Academy, he is part of a program that opens the door up to Finnish prospects to the top level of the global basketball stage.
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