Shannon Brown has put in the work

Updated: December 10, 2010, 2:20 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

CHICAGO -- In June 1998, 12-year-old Shannon Brown -- living in Maywood, Ill., 10 miles west of downtown Chicago -- was dreaming his future.

When he turned on the television, he saw the Chicago Bulls running toward their sixth NBA championship with his favorite player, Michael Jordan, taking the shots and coach Phil Jackson calling the plays.

When he turned on the radio, he heard the No. 1 single, "The Boy is Mine," a catchy R&B duet featuring Brandy, the prom date of ...

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