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My path to the pros

Bucks PG Brandon Jennings recalls the days before he got paid to play

Updated: July 10, 2013, 5:09 PM ET
By Sam Alipour | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

My main sport was always basketball. I mean, I started playing in the Compton/Gardena area in California when I was 3. Yeah, I tried baseball too for a year, but I wasn't that good at it. I played in fifth grade--because all my friends were playing--but I gave it up after only a year. I'd fallen in love with basketball. It was that easy. That simple. Baseball was just for the moment. Basketball took over.

The middle school days

I remember getting started ...

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