From the frontcourt to the front line

Former Miami Heat forward Tim James leaves basketball behind to join the U.S. Army

Updated: December 24, 2010, 3:37 PM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPN.com

Former NBA forward Tim James spends his days training for combat missions as part of the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He shoots M16s and practices moving through potentially hostile villages on foot. In essence, James is getting an education on how not to die if and when his unit is shipped to Afghanistan in the near future, which is a likely scenario.

James grew up in the rough neighborhood of Liberty City in the northeast corner of Miami. ...

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