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VCU coach always proving himself

Originally Published: March 31, 2011
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

When Keith Dambrot took over as the men's head basketball coach at Akron in 2004, he inherited a team low on talent. Trying to find an adequate challenge for starting point guard Dru Joyce one day in practice, Dambrot asked his diminutive assistant coach to suit up and play defense.

To 27-year-old Shaka Smart, this was not half-step grunt work. This was another chance to fight the battle of a lifetime.

When the competition between Joyce and Smart got heated to the point ...

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