PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) -The NBA finals may be a flop on TV in the United States. That's hardly the case in Suriname.
Fans crowd restaurants to cheer San Antonio Spurs backup center Francisco Elson, who was born in Netherlands and whose parents live part time in the former Dutch colony.
With sports bars practically unheard of in this tiny South American nation, people have gathered around televisions wherever possible to see the 7-foot Elson, who has other relatives in Suriname and occasionally takes vacations here.
``It's special to watch someone of Suriname origin participating and playing for the title,'' 43-year-old carpenter Eric Menzo said.
Soccer-mad Surinamese have not paid much attention to NBA teams without superstars like Michael Jordan, but Elson inspired a following for the Spurs in the country of 470,000 people when he joined two years ago. Local sportscasters have referred to them as the Dutch-Surinamese team.
``I wasn't a Spurs fan either, but now I can't wait for them to win the title,'' said Elson's uncle, Wim Williams, who wore a cap of the Denver Nuggets, his nephew's former team.
Elson's parents are watching the games in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers entered Game 4 on Thursday trailing 3-0. Elson is expected to join them in Suriname for a brief vacation once the series ends, Williams said.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Knicks trade for Derrick Rose The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks made a big trade on Wednesday when the Knicks acquired Derrick Rose in a...
Thumbnail 2017 NBA Finals Odds With the NBA Finals now complete, here is a look ahead to which teams will be favored to contend for next year’s championship.
Thumbnail NBA Finals Game 7 Pick It’s all come down to one game. Who will prevail in Game 7 of the NBA Finalsas the Golden State Warriorshost the Cleveland Cavaliersat 8PM ET?
Thumbnail NBA Finals Game 7 Total Pick Will Game 7 of the NBA Finalsbe another high-scoring affair, or will it be a grind out between the Golden State Warriorsand Cleveland...
Thumbnail NBA Finals Game 6 Pick Can the Golden State Warriors get back on track in Game 6 of the NBA Finals or will the Cleveland Cavaliers create...
More inNBA Articles  

NBA Team Pages