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Rookie Watch: Hayward moving up

Originally Published: January 5, 2011
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Gordon HaywardMelissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe No. 9 pick in the draft, Utah's Gordon Hayward, is starting to look like the player we saw in college.

As part of the rookie orientation program, the NBA should teach the baseball story of Wally Pipp and Lou Gehrig. You remember Pipp, the guy most famous for being replaced for one game by Gehrig, who then went on to set an incredible record of 2,130 consecutive games played. It's a great lesson: Every day is a chance to improve your career. No matter what has happened in the past, an opportunity to play is an opportunity to restart.