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Long Beach's Norvel Pelle keeps NBA dream alive as draft approaches
Long Beach's Norvel Pelle keeps NBA dream alive as draft approaches

The dream always unfolds the same way. Norvel Pelle is in his Long Beach home on the night of the NBA draft, watching on television with his parents, when he hears his name called. "I start crying and I look up and my mom is there with a smile on her face and I give her the biggest hug ever," said Pelle, who has had the same dream repeatedly in recent years. In some ways, the fantasy isn't that farfetched for someone who hopes to be drafted next Thursday despite never playing in college or professionally overseas. The 6-foot-10 power forward-center, who once starred at Los Angeles Price High, is a knockdown mid-range shooter, and his speed running the court more nimbly...

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