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Kyrie Irving should study ...

Here's a veteran the Cavs' rookie point guard should seek to emulate

Originally Published: April 13, 2012
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.

Teachers all have their unique style when trying to educate their students. For 25 years now I've resorted to using a modeling approach with pro athletes, showing them how a certain player plays to get the student to see what the finished product looks like. Then we begin the arduous task of developing the skills/game that we studied. It's a formula that works in all aspects of life, including the NBA.

The members of this year's rookie class would do well to pick out a part of their game that they'd like to improve, then study a player who has mastered that aspect of the game. Here is a cheat sheet that can help them get started. (Remember, this is not a comparison. We're not saying the rookies are like the veterans; we're saying they should aspire to be.)


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