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Film planned for Schenectady gets hoop star's backing

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Local filmmaker Nick DeRuve always admired Ron Artest’s work on the basketball court. Growing up in Niskayuana, DeRuve followed the young power forward while he was with St. John’s University and continued after Artest was drafted by the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls in 1999. DeRuve even sported the number 15 on his own basketball jersey — the same digits Artest wore through college. “This dude was my favorite player,” he said Thursday. And that’s ...


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