With whopping snowdrifts and bone-rattling wind chills, Midwest winters can be generously described as harsh.

For Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos, neither rain nor sleet nor snow could keep him from taking a study break to shoot a few baskets in his driveway while growing up in Canton, Ohio.

Call it the basketball player’s creed.

“I’d be in the driveway working out in the snow,” Koufos said. “My mom used to scream at me, saying ‘You’re going to get sick!’ ”

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