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Following In Yao's Footsteps

The always insightful Ball Don't Lie brought a new story to the forefront yesterday. Not one with rational and well-reasoned looks at games, but one of a 7 footer from India. Not all that unusual, right? Lots of 7 footers get NBA attention and this one is no different. Except for the fact that he's just fourteen years old.

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"Satnam is on track to be a very, very good long-term basketball player,'' said Dan Barto, director of player development at IMG Basketball Academy, who recently returned from India where he conducted several coaching clinics. "His biggest weakness now is our biggest strength here when it comes to developing players -- neuromuscular firing -- overall body control. His potential is pretty amazing.''

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That potential starts with his size, which is incredible itself. At age 14, he is expected to grow for another couple of years. For now, he wears a size-22 basketball shoe. His hands swallow the ball. His father, Balbir Singh Bhamara, is 7-2. His grandmother on his father's side is 6-9.

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All I can say kid, is that I hope you've got a good doctor. Find some great shoes and pray your legs can handle the pounding. 

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