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A whole new old ball game
County natives hoping to take Rizers to top of the ABA
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Some athletes fade to gray or, they are led out to pasture when their playing days are done.In virtually every instance, however, they long for another day or two in the sun when they can lace up the shoes, put on their uniform and give it another try. They are not ready to let go, but most are never given that opportunity.Devin Lee will not have to worry about working his way back onto the basketball court: It’s easy to do when you own the team.When the former North Central School guard and his wife, Nikia Knox-Lee, herself a former athlete at Lugoff-Elgin High School, purchased an American Basketball Association franchise for Columbia, -- the Palmetto State Rizers -- Devin Lee did not buy the team to showcase himself or to live out a professional basketball dream. But don’t be surprised if the team’s co-owner laces up his sneakers a time or two and takes to the hardwood.“I will ... I am actually going to suit up a play in a couple of games,” said the 2003 NCHS graduate.Talk about your involved owner.But this venture is about much more than just Devin Lee playing the game he loves again.