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Michael Adams Was A Giant Rising From Hartford's Basketball Courts

Michael Adams Was A Giant Rising From Hartford's Basketball Courts

He walked into the U.S.S. Chowder Pot IV ballroom, nearly lost among former players taller, wider and, in most cases, years older. Michael Adams does some high school basketball officiating these days, but there was no referee to greet him with raised arms on this Saturday night.

The kid from Bellevue Square and Hartford Public may have played in the NBA at 5-10, 175 pounds and shot a basketball like he was a sixth grader, but make no mistake. Michael Adams was a giant from behind the arc.

So raise the arms. The Three-Point Shooter's in the house.

"I was always the shortest guy on the court, so it was a push shot to get it over everybody else," Adams said at...