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A tribute to the ultimate teacher

Bill Simmons grew up with the characters David Halberstam introduced him to, and for that he's eternally grateful. Story

Updated: April 28, 2014, 10:37 AM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

They were my friends. I grew up with them. They may have lived within 362 pages of a hardcover book, but I grew up with them.

The coach spent his life waiting for the perfect team. He walked the streets for hours after tough losses, frightened players with his passion, challenged them to fistfights in the locker room, never wavered in his belief that basketball should be played a certain way. Deep down, he worried his career could pass without ever finding the right blend of players. When ...

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