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Rookie Watch: Getting their careers off on the right foot

Originally Published: September 19, 2008
By David Thorpe | ESPN.com

Many NBA rookies feel they've already "made it" once they are drafted and sign that first contract. And they neglect to pay attention to the huge number of draft picks who never even make a dent in the NBA. This mentality is a mistake that could cost them their careers.

Instead, first-year players should follow the lead of their peers in medicine, law, finance and every other field: Show up early, work diligently and stay late. The NBA game is far different and more challenging than any ...

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