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Baltimore native Will Barton maintains ties to hometown as he breaks out for Denver Nuggets

Baltimore native Will Barton maintains ties to hometown as he breaks out for Denver Nuggets

Asked what trait defined her eldest son, Karen Bush contemplates for a moment, then gives a firm answer: "Ambition."

More than any of the other grade schoolers playing pick-up basketball in his East Baltimore neighborhood, more than any player in the city as it turned out, Will Barton had it.

Growing up in a place that often crushes dreams, he gripped his tightly. Confronted by NBA scouts and coaches who didn't see him as a star, he worked that much harder to become one, firing jump shots late into the night and poring over customized video clips of every play from his...

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