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Steve Francis

Steven D'Shawn Francis (born February 21, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association. He formerly played for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and New York Knicks. Nicknamed "Stevie Franchise" and self-described as "Steve-O", he was known early in his career for his crossover dribble, driving ability, and flashy dunks. Francis grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. He was nicknamed "Wink" as a child. After his mother died of cancer in 1995, his grandmother raised him. He stopped playing basketball for two years after his mother's death. Francis attended the San Jacinto College of Texas in 1996–97, and the Allegany College of Maryland in 1997–98. Francis became the first player to take two unbeaten teams into the National Junior College Tournament. Francis transferred to the University of Maryland in 1998 for his junior season.

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Steve Francis -- Hey Everyone ... I Got My Chain Back!

Steve Francis
Hey Everyone I Got My Chain Back!

The stolen chain drama is finally ... over.  Ex-NBA superstar Steve Francis was reunited with his gold necklace the other day ... after one of the most epic jewelry sagas of all time. … READ MORE >

Steve Francis -- Here's Your Stolen Gold Chain! J. Prince Shows Off the Goods

Steve Francis
Here's Your Stolen Gold Chain! J. Prince Flaunts the Goods

Steve Francis is about to feel the pressure ... of his massive gold chain -- which his friend and rap mogul J. Prince got back for him, and is now proudly showing it off for cameras. Rap-A-Lot… READ MORE >

- 175 days ago
Steve Francis -- Chain Recovery Engineered By Rap God

Steve Francis
Chain Recovery Engineered By Rap God

Steve Francis doesn't just have the Sauce Twinz to thank for the return of his chain -- it was ultimately engineered by J. Prince ... one of the most powerful men in hip hop, TMZ Sports has… READ MORE >

- 179 days ago
Sauce Twinz -- We Got Steve Francis' Chain Back!

Sauce Twinz
We Got Steve Francis' Chain Back!

// Great news for Steve Francis ... his chain has been recovered -- this according to the Sauce Twinz, who tell TMZ Sports they're planning on giving it back to the NBA star in the next few… READ MORE >

- 180 days ago
Steve Francis -- 'The Chain Is In Our Possession'

Steve Francis
'The Chain Is In Our Possession'

Steve Francis is adamant that his gold chain is NOT missing in action -- with his rep telling TMZ Sports, "It's in our possession in Houston." We broke the story ... some thief tried to rip the… READ MORE >

- 180 days ago
Steve Francis -- Rappers Vow to Get Chain Back ... From 'Stupid Ass' Thief

Steve Francis
Rappers Vow to Get Chain Back ... From 'Stupid Ass' Thief

Steve Francis can rest easy about his missing chain -- 'cause the rappers who were performing on the night he got jacked tell TMZ Sports they're on MISSION to get the necklace back to the NBA… READ MORE >

- 181 days ago
Steve Francis -- VIOLENT CHAIN SNATCHING ... At Houston Rap Show (Video)

Steve Francis
VIOLENT CHAIN SNATCHING At Houston Rap Show [Video]

NBA legend Steve Francis was the victim of a violent chain snatching at a rap show in Houston this weekend ... and TMZ Sports has footage of the brazen attack.  The 38-year-old, 3-time NBA… READ MORE >

- 182 days ago
Steve Francis -- I Could Still Play In the NBA ... There's Nothing Wrong With Me

Steve Francis
I Could Still Play In the NBA There's Nothing Wrong With Me

Steve Francis says the reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated ... telling TMZ Sports  he's not only doing perfectly OK, but he could still ball up 20-somethings in the NBA if he… READ MORE >

- 234 days ago
Steve Francis -- My Wife Thinks I'm Innocent

STEVEN FRANCIS
MY WIFE THINKS I'M INNOCENT

Former NBA star Steve Francis thinks the sexual assault charges against him are a "he said/she said" kind of thing -- but he told our photog yesterday ... his wife doesn't believe the allegations,… READ MORE >

- 1492 days ago
NBA Star Lashes Out at Accuser -- 'Broke Ass Dwarf'

NBA Star Lashes Out at Accuser -- 'Broke Ass Dwarf'

Ex-NBA star Steve Francis is firing back against claims he sexually assaulted a woman in Texas last year -- claiming the allegations were concocted by a "broke ass dwarf who can't sing."The… READ MORE >

- 1498 days ago

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