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TUCSON, Ariz. — Netflix fancies itself as the world’s leading internet entertainment service, a cutting-edge necessity for millennials, responsible for a generation of cable cord-cutters. Another somewhat unconventional and random achievement for the streaming giant: it helped a 7-foot Serbian basketball player adjust to America.
Dusan Ristic had a limited grasp on English when he arrived at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas in early 2014 as a gangly 18-year-old who hoped to play college hoops in the states. Back in Novi Sad, his Serbian hometown, Ristic devoured American movie after American movie, following along with Serbian subtitles.
“When I came here,” Ristic told USA TODAY Sports, “I told myself, ‘I won’t have to watch movies with subtitles anymore!’ Wrong.”
To pick up the language quicker, to understand what his teammates were…