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Gonzalez knows hoop dreams won't last forever

Some might think Tony Gonzalez's hoop dream is a negotiating ploy. That couldn't be further from the truth.

Updated: July 11, 2002, 3:41 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NFL fans probably don't understand what Tony Gonzalez is doing, but they should. Many fans and outsiders have become jaded because of the contract negotiations of athletes who have used multi-sport talents to squeeze out leverage in negotiations.

This isn't the case with Gonzalez. Basketball is a labor of love to him, but he's a football player first. It's a shame that he is in negotiations on a difficult new contract that could lead to his holdout because his basketball fling ...

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