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‘That Dude Is Different’: Devin Booker Has Put the NBA on Notice – Sports Illustrated

With Devin Booker leading the way, the Suns have a 5-0 restart record after beating Miami on Saturday night and are inching closer to the No. 9 seed



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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The texts live on Devin Booker’s phone, dozens of them, stored like a digital memorial. Kobe Bryant was more than just a brief peer. He was a confidant and advisor, a mentor and a friend. Every so often, Booker will pull up Bryant’s number and scroll through, reading the encouragement (Book ‘em! Bryant wrote after Booker dropped 70 on Boston in 2017), advice and endless string of emojis.
“Kobe,” Booker said, “loved emojis.”
Bryant believed in Booker. The NBA is catchi…

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