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Nolan Smith keeps the memory of his father close

Originally Published: January 16, 2008
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- As Nolan Smith sat in the corner of the visiting locker room of the Wachovia Center on Jan. 9 following Duke's win against Temple, 11 years of emotion welled in his eyes.

He was calm and composed at first, even smiled as he talked about how much it meant to him to play in the same city where his late father, Derek Smith, spent two NBA seasons (he proudly displays a life-sized poster of his dad in a Sixers uniform at home in Upper Marlboro, Md.).

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