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Ayuso's NBA dream alive on Christmas night

Journeyman shooter Larry Ayuso went to NBA camps twice but never made it. Dreaming of the NBA, he will be spending Christmas playing D-League ball in Iowa, Chris Sheridan writes.

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:14 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

No matter how much the temperature drops Christmas night in Des Moines, Iowa, there's little chance it'll feel anything like the extreme cold Elias "Larry" Ayuso felt in Russia, Lithuania and Croatia during Christmases past.

Ayuso's professional career traditionally has kept him half a world away from his native Puerto Rico during the holiday season, the only constant being that he has been one giant step from his dream of playing in the NBA. But things will be a little different ...

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