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Sports Reporter — Grantland
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A product of these Times-- LA and NY. Now at the WWL's I write letters that become words that become stories.

‘She’d Be Hella Proud’ — Terran Petteway's mind had started to drift during timeouts. He would be quiet for days at practice, his cheek-to-cheek smile nowhere to be found. Basketball had always been Terran's sanctuary, a place where he could temporarily cast off his troubles and lose himself in competition. But the 2014-15 season had already derailed.

For Some N.B.A. Players, There�s No Such Thing as a Slam Dunk — Jason Kapono doesn't dunk. That fact would be unremarkable were it not for his occupation and his height. Kapono plays for the Philadelphia 76ers and is 6 feet 8 inches. He is in his seventh N.B.A. season, but the only dunks he has thrown down in all that time have come during practice.

Hustle and Flow " — A lot of athletes think the trick to getting better is just to work harder. But there is great power in non-action and non-thinking. The hardest thing, after all the work and all the time spent on training and technique, is just being fully present at the moment.

The New Pippen " — When he was a teenager, Andre Iguodala loved the Fab Five so much that he wore the same tattered Jalen Rose Michigan jersey for years. On the court, he mimicked another long and versatile guard, Penny Hardaway. And, like every basketball-dribbling Illinois kid growing up in the 1990s, he practiced his fadeaway like MJ.

The Miseducation of J.R. Smith — Earl Smith Jr. found salvation in his jump shot. Smith could always shoot, and in basketball a shooter can live forever. In college, he clashed with his coach at New Jersey's Monmouth University, unable to understand why the second team remained the second team, even when they were routinely drubbing the starters in practice.

The Quiet Man " — Paul Millsap wasn't giving an inch when most defenders would have preferred to keep their distance. He marched right into a mismatch - guarding LeBron James in the second half of a tight Game 1 in the Eastern Conference finals. But Millsap didn't just guard James.

Poster Child " — Timofey Mozgov somehow crammed all 7 feet and 1 inch of himself into a booth tucked away in the corner of a Boston hotel. His knees nearly poked out to the opposite end of the table. These NBA playoffs, the first in which he's received extensive minutes, have been just as tight.

The Best (Pickup) Game at All-Star Weekend — I'm from Los Angeles, and lately, I've been wanting to move back. I'd be closer to my family - and Grantland headquarters. Also, I'd get my pickup basketball game back. They call it "noonball" at USC, my alma mater. I've played ever since my sophomore year, about a decade ago.

Josh Smith, From Deep — From the stands, Pete Smith can still hear people complain about his son's play. He has to restrain himself from responding. He detests the critical comments, the jabs from people who've never played the game at an elite level. They don't know how hard it can be.

1990s Orlando Magic Oral History — "Our owner, Rich DeVos, said, 'Why not us? Why not now?' Everybody was saying we're too young to win a championship. We hadn't suffered enough. Little did we know, we would be suffering by the end." -Tree Rollins They were destined for greatness.
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Jun 26, 2015

Terran Petteway didn't get drafted, but will play in SL with the @ATLHawks. Here's his gut wrenching story:…

Jun 25, 2015

RT @_TP5: Don't ever judge someone's failures from the outside! You never know!!…

Jun 25, 2015

RT @Grantland33: 'She'd Be Hella Proud': After his mother's death, Terran Petteway aims for the NBA draft, by @Jpdabrams

Jun 23, 2015

RIP to Harvey Pollack, a one of a kind. Had every NBA stat imaginable, including helping me out with this story…

Jun 17, 2015

Have low keyed always disliked that the owners are awarded the championship first #NBAFinals

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