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ESPN.com: The Legacy of Jimmy Walker And Jalen Rose (2007)

                        Former NBA star Jalen Rose never met his father, former NBA All-Star Jimmy Walker. But they are very well connected. By Jerry Bembry As the service ends, and as the many who’ve come to remember two-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Walker exit the Kansas […]

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ESPN.com: Randolph Relishes Blazers’ Lead Role (2003)

By Jerry Bembry ESPN the Magazine Editor’s note: ESPN.com is once again visiting all 29 NBA teams during training camp and the preseason. The tour continues with a report on the Portland Trail Blazers. PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s the opening days of the Blazers’ training camp, and let’s look at what has already transpired. Damon Stoudamire sat […]

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ESPN.com: K-Mart Blue Not Special in Nets’ Defeat (2003)

By Jerry Bembry SAN ANTONIO — On a night where he needed to be large, he came up small. In a game where he needed to be in motion like a Benz, he sputtered like a Pinto. In Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Kenyon Martin needed to sparkle like a Tiffany’s diamond, but in […]

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ESPN.com: Nets’ Jefferson Still Missing In Action (2003)

By Jerry Bembry ESPN The Magazine EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In the NBA Finals he’s averaging 9.6 points on 35-percent shooting. In Game 3 he missed eight of his 11 shots. In the fourth quarter — as the New Jersey Netstried desperately to mount a comeback — the starting small forward mostly sat. Has anybody seen Richard […]

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ESPN.com: Scott’s Change For The Better Means More Playing Time For Dikembe Mutombo (2003)

By Jerry Bembry ESPN The Magazine SAN ANTONIO — There were two choices facing Byron Scott, entering Friday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals: Stick to your guns and lose or swallow your pride, accept change and give your team an opportunity to win a championship. This is how Scott gave his team a chance: […]

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ESPN.com: Nets Counting On Jason Kidd’s Resiliency In Game 2 (2003)

By Jerry Bembry ESPN The Magazine SAN ANTONIO — In the first game of the NBA Finals, he missed 13 of 17 shots. In his only other game at the SBC Center — a Nets loss on March 6 — he missed 15 of 19 shots. Reminded on Thursday that he’s now a combined 8-of-36 […]

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ESPN.com: Duncan Creates Another ‘Big’ Problem For Nets (2003)

By Jerry Bembry ESPN The Magazine SAN ANTONIO — This was supposed to be different. The New Jersey Nets would benefit from their experience from a year ago and there would be no big man in the middle to abuse them. So what happens a year after the Nets are brutalized by Shaquille O’Neal in the NBA Finals? They […]

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ESPN.com: Robinson’s Work Wasn’t Complete Without Duncan (2003)

  By Jerry Bembry ESPN The Magazine SAN ANTONIO — His accomplishments, each year, became more and more impressive: NBA Rookie of the Year (1990), rebounding title (1991), Defensive Player of the Year (1992) and scoring champion (1994). Yet the year David Robinson won his only MVP award, 1995, he recalls sitting in the visiting locker room […]

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ESPN.com: Kidd Gives Nets A Chance In Finals (2003)

By Jerry Bembry ESPN The Magazine EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — They’ve won 10 straight playoff games, the third best streak in NBA playoff history. They’ve repeated as the Eastern Conference champions, the first team to do so since the 1997 and 1998 Bulls. One year after being swept by the Lakers in the NBA Finals, […]

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ESPN.com: Pistons Might Not Be Able To Recover From 0-2 hole (2003)

  By Jerry Bembry ESPN the Magazine AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — When under extreme pressure, his credentials have been rock solid. So why did Chauncey Billups, with a chance to be a hero in Game 2, ask for a handout? That’s what Billups’ attempt to draw a foul — instead of raising up over Jason Kidd for a […]

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