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NBA Rookies unsure how to deal with impending lockout

Kawhi Leonard

San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard brings the ball up during practice for a West regional semifinal in the NCAA college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. San Diego State will play Connecticut on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


There will be an NBA Draft on June 23, when the hopes and dreams of franchises will be pinned on teenagers. Teams will pump up their new players, fans will become excited…

And then the lockout.

And those rookies are not sure what is going to happen.

That’s what they told the Associated Press during the recent NBA Draft Combine that ended Friday in Chicago.

“We know for sure there’s a lockout,’' San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard said Friday. “Nobody knows right now how far it will go or what’s really going to happen. I’m just staying focused on myself and try to get better.’'

“Right now you’re just thinking about getting drafted and getting on a team.’' said (Florida’s Chandler) Parsons, projected as a second-round pick. “It all depends on what situation you’re in - when you get picked, where you get picked, what that organization wants you to do and what your agent wants you to do.

“I’m going to have to sit down with my agent and decide what to do - where to work out, where to live and how to live. It’s going to be a different experience.’'

It’s going to be interesting, during the lockout teams are not going to be able to have contact with their draft picks. Some will workout, work on their game, get better. Some will remain the same. And some… well, character and work ethic may matter more in this draft than any in recent memory.