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Hello My name is Tommy Lockett Times were hard when I was growing up I lived in the back woods of Alabama My father died when I was 5 yrs old Before my father died he told me that I was gonna make it in basketball he said he saw it in me On that day I told myself that I was gonna make my family proud of me I said that I was gonna do everything right When I was 13 I started hanging with the wrong crowd I was selling drugs doing drugs and I wasnt practicing safe sex I was on the verge of quitting school When I was 15 yrs old I got arrested for robbing a gas station While I was sitting in my jail cell it was like my dad was sitting right there talking to me I heard him say You remember what I told you Its not to late After I came out of jail I said enough is enough It was my junior year in high school and I went out for the team It was just amazing at what I could do with a basketball I did everything so naturally Some of the stuff I did I dont know how I did it I could jump so high that it was just amazing So I got myself straight I gave my life to god when I was in 11th grade Everything I did I gave in the glory After playing 2 yrs of varsity basketball I was receiving calls from the best colleges in the United States On signing day I chose to sign with University of North Carolina After I played 3 yrs of College ball I was drafted in the NBA draft I was the 2 pick overall I was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks I signed an 68 million dollar contract I got married to a beautiful women and we have 2
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