David West and the art of butting in

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  • A look at the former Pacers power forward, who brought great production and maturity to the team for four seasons. He was ready to quit basketball in high school, but a coach butted in. He had trouble reading, too, but another adult butted in. That’s why he’s willing to become involved in kids’ lives today.

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    David West was done with basketball, and who could blame him? His sophomore season at that high school in Teaneck, N.J. had not gone well, due to an onset of growth-spurt awkwardness, and now that his family had moved to North Carolina he wasn’t going to endure another unhappy season — among strangers, no less. It was going to be easy to quit and try to remain anonymous for two more years of school

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