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This saying has been heard many different ways, in many different cultures, and has been told and demonstrated countless times in human history: Suffering builds the soul. Through adversity, pain, and excruciating trials, the true character of an individual is revealed. When the times are tough, when the hurricane of big-time basketball comes around, are you going to be the steadfast tree standing tall in the storm, or are you going to fold like a shriveled leaf? Throughout the NBA, many players and teams have proved to be the leaf, burning and crumpling under the heat of pressure. An example I point to is the 2006 Dallas Mavericks, who coughed up a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals to the Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade-led Miami Heat. The Heat are not really remembered for winning that title. ...

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