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Never Exhale

Rick Brunson hung around for nine years and finally got a chance to prove he belongs in the NBA.

Updated: September 7, 2005, 2:21 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

On the first day of free agency this summer, Rick Brunson called his agent, Leon Rose.

"I haven't heard anything," Rose said, proving that he is Brunson's friend as well as an advisor. Somebody else might've shouted: "You're Rick Brunson, for God's sake! I've got LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Eddie Jones and Rip Hamilton as clients! I've got to find jobs for Aaron McKie, Dajuan Wagner and DeSagana Diop! You've been a free agent eight straight summers and no one's ever called! How did ...

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