Forty years ago, former basketball star Bill Walton made a decision he still regrets today. His UCLA college team was invited to play an exhibition game in China in 1973, the year it won its second national title with Walton, and he decided not to go. The rest of the team then stayed home, too.
"I said I didn't want to come," he said. "I didn't know any better. I was wrong."
On Saturday, the men's basketball teams from the University of Washington and University of Texas will do what Walton chose not to: play a game in China, halfway around the world from their college campuses.
It won't just be an exhibition, either. They'll contest the first-ever...