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While others wait, Phillips works

Originally Published: January 15, 2009
By Beth Mowins | Special to ESPN.com

You've seen the pictures hundreds of times in the paper or on the Internet. The photographer is underneath the basket, snapping away as the ball comes off a shooter's hand. An orange orb suspended in midair, pausing on its way to the rim. The players are frozen in time in various poses of boxing out, grabbing a piece of jersey, burying an elbow in a solar plexus.

They all watch and wait, wondering where it will go and whether a rebound will come their way.

On a rare occasion, ...

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