The easy part of life is understanding it backward. Richard Dumas complicated it by living life backward. Two decades ago, Dumas found the kind of wealth and results on his job that others can only chase for most of their careers. He was a rising NBA star with a shot so soft and springs to loft. The prototypical small forward averaged 16 points as a Suns rookie and resuscitated championship hopes in Game 5 of the 1993 NBA Finals with a dazzling 25-point game against Scottie Pippen to postpone Chicago's coronation. The Bulls won at Phoenix in Game 6 to claim the championship. Suns coach Paul Westphal declared Dumas to be a future Dream Teamer. John Lucas called him “Dr. J with a jump shot.” From Dumas' childhood idol Wayman Tisdale to his Suns teammates, Dumas was considered the most gifted basketball player.
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