Bosh and Williams return home for NBA All-Star game

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by Ted Madden / WFAA-TV

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Posted on February 12, 2010 at 7:51 PM

When Dallas was awarded the NBA All-Star game, local products Chris Bosh and Deron Williams knew they had to make it.

Bosh was immediately bombarded with requests. "Everybody was saying, All right, we're getting ticket requests. Are you having a party? What are you doing? And I was like, Well, let me make it first."

Deron Williams is taking care of tickets for his family. "I got at least 20 people coming to the game. Maybe more."

Williams played high school ball at the Colony, for head coach Tommy Thomas, who now helps represent Williams .

"He's always been like a father figure to me," said Williams, who added that he grew up without a dad.

"He probably didn't think of me much as a father figure when I was coaching him, I can tell you that," said Thomas. "I've talked to his mother more than once about the fact that he came home and said not very nice things about me about practice that day."

Bosh played at Lincoln, and his team went 40-0 his senior year. During his junior year in high school, Bosh learned something from his coach Leonard Bishop that he's never forgotten.

"He was one of the first guys to teach me that you can lead by example," said Bosh. "You don't have to be the loudest guy in the crowd. You can just continue to work hard, always be on time and people will pay attention to that."

"He was a better person than he was an athlete," said Bishop, earlier this week from Lincoln where he still coaches. "That says a lot about chris right there."

Both Bosh and Williams have played in the state tournament, in Austin. Both have played in Dallas since joining the NBA. But neither has played on a stage as large as the one on Sunday: the All-Star game, at Cowboys Stadium, in front of nearly 100,000 fans ... including a lot of friends and family.

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