I met Mike K on a basketball court, an arena where he excels. To this day, mutual friends such as Jeffrey Caceres refer to Mukuch Khdrlaryan as ‘Kobe Mike’. His family, including his brother Gevork, is similarly warm to me. When I meet his father Tigron on the block, we exchange the Russian greeting of kissing both cheeks. When I’m in their house at Christmas, their hearts are so clear I swear I can understand Armenian.