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Sports endangered species series: Short NBA players

Sports endangered species series: Short NBA players

"Coach is only going to take 15 players. What if he thinks I'm too small?" — Chris Paul, age 8 "Just do the best you can with the gifts you have." — Chris Paul's mom The story comes from the pages of the children's book "Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big." You can imagine now how it ends. Paul was the shortest kid at tryouts but made the team despite standing 4-foot-1. Now listed at 6 feet, Paul is part of a small troupe of small guys (6 feet and under) who earn a living challenging giants. Their numbers seem to be diminishing, though it would be hard to call them an endangered species: The average NBA player, according...

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