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Nuggets-Hornets: A Series in the Present, Stacked with History

Published by on April 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

J.R. Smith and Chris Andersen are completely different basketball players, and likely people also, although their pasts are eerily similar. One was once young, irresponsible, and in trouble, the other was too.

Not long ago the two Denverites were living in New Orleans, playing a game that seemed just like the city, "Big (and) Easy."

Much to both their surprise, the NBA may make a person "big," with a huge salary and the stardom that comes from playing in the national spotlight, but it doesn't necessarily make life "easy."

J.R. Smith was originally taken in the first round (18th overall) by the Hornets straight out of St. Benedict's Preparatory School, after he was named the MVP of the McDonald's All-Am...

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