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With family, coach's support, Bales blossoms into star

Updated: March 23, 2007, 9:44 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

DURHAM, N.C. -- Almost everyone knows when their parents are telling "that story" for the millionth time.

Duke center Alison Bales was sure exactly which one her mom, Dr. Mary McCarthy, and dad, Charles Bales, told about her as a fledgling basketball player.

"That I'd just hold the ball up over my head and not know what to do with it, right?" Bales said, smiling. "That's one of their favorites."

Her parents came up with a solution to spur their "taller-than-everybody-else's-kid" ...

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