West has point to prove

Updated: August 11, 2004, 3:17 PM ET
By Jason Jordan | ESPN the Magazine

The temperature has reached the upper 90s, but the two men just have to know. Braving the sweltering heat, they roll down the window in their chromed-out SUV, sporting an incredulous look as they take a quick glance at the beat-up, two-door Suzuki creeping alongside them at the stoplight.

Is that? Could it be? The two men debate the matter, thinking there's no way that a first-round pick in the NBA draft would be driving an old, busted heap just a day after being selected.

"Nah," both ...

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