True lies

They all believed in Rick Lopez, even as the secrects of his life leaked out

Updated: March 29, 2013, 11:17 AM ET
By Eric Adelson

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Jan. 31, 2005, issue. Subscribe today!

HE CALLED HIMSELF the god of basketball, and they believed. He shouted and stomped on the sideline, then smiled when his team's lead hit 40, 50, 60 points. His girls weaved like Ferraris on a road course and bit back smirks as boys on opposing teams cried or stewed or simply sighed. He drew plays in the air with his fingers, and the girls learned them so well they could win games without any ...

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