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Back On The Ball
Tim Layden
November 19, 2001
After taking a year off to deal with depression, North Carolina's Nikki Teasley promises to be as flamboyant as ever—and more effective
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November 19, 2001

Back On The Ball

After taking a year off to deal with depression, North Carolina's Nikki Teasley promises to be as flamboyant as ever—and more effective

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She won't. On the floor, you'll see the no-look and the Teasley Shake, because they are part of who she is. On Halloween afternoon she hit the Carmichael court with the waistband of her blue practice shorts pulled down to her knees—her long jersey went almost that far—emulating a full-on ghetto roll. "I'm a thug," she yelled. "I'm a thug for Halloween."

Teammates howled as she grabbed a ball and pounded out a blinding series of dribbles through her legs and behind her back before flipping a soft shot that fluttered through the net and dropped peacefully to the floor.

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