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Sports birthday


by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Thomas Gardner makes a pass at a Trail Blazers 2009 summer league team practice.Thomas Gardner

Feb. 8, 1985

(age 29)

Gardner was an All-City guard (6-5, 210 pounds) at Jefferson High who went on to star at the University of Missouri. He played parts of two NBA seasons, in 2007-08 with Chicago and the following year with Atlanta. Gardner also has played in Belgium, Russia, Puerto Rico and Mexico, with several stints in the NBA Development League.