Hoop dreamer: White Sox slugger Daniel Palka's tall tale of basketball greatness

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Hoop dreamer: White Sox slugger Daniel Palka's tall tale of basketball greatness
Hoop dreamer: White Sox slugger Daniel Palka's tall tale of basketball greatness

This is how it begins: Two buddies watching TV on a spring night in 2016. The McDonald's All-American Game is on ESPN, and Chad Christensen is awed by what he sees. Lonzo Ball fires a baseball pass that Josh Jackson slams down at the United Center. A pull-up 3 by Markelle Fultz. A beastly dunk by Malik Monk. “Man, these dudes are freaks,” Christensen remarks. “Yeah,” replies his friend, Daniel Palka. “I remember playing in that game.” “What? No way!” “Yeah, dude.” A bit later, Palka shows Christensen his phone. It's open to the Wikipedia page for the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game. Lo and behold, two lines above Kyrie Irving on the East roster is Daniel Palka, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound guard from

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