Two years ago, Rajon Rondo pulled up for one jumper after another at the 2007 Las Vegas Summer League. His goal was apparent -- after being left wide open on the court during his rookie season, opponents were practically scoffing at his midrange game by daring him to shoot.



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WALTHAM -- There were six microphones set up on the dais, which seemed an extraordinarily large amount for an introductory press conference for one player, even one as important as Rasheed Wallace.



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When Rasheed Wallace was a freshman at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, he could already do just about everything on a basketball court.

Well, there was one thing that gave him trouble.



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There are always those guys you despise when they walk into the building. They are rarely those that can’t play.



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When you look at Rasheed Wallace what do you see?
•A 6-foot-11 player who shoots 3’s and owns a volcanic temper?
•A versatile big man who can defend power forwards and centers?



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WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce was never concerned that Rajon Rondo was leaving Boston.



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Nearly 10 years ago, Jason James crossed paths with a talented yet troubled teenager at Central High School in Memphis. Poor academics and attendance had kept the sophomore off of the basketball team, but he had raw potential that needed polishing. James decided to keep an eye on him.



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