5 Essential Training Camp Lessons for 2012 NBA Rookies

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5 Essential Training Camp Lessons for 2012 NBA Rookies
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With the pictures taken and interviews all wrapped up after media day, it's time for the NBA players to change gears and get prepared for the upcoming season. This preparation starts with training camp—something the players were deprived of last year after the turmoil of a lockout.

Training camp is a great time for the players to refine their skills and make great leaps of improvement. It's also time to see how well the new rookies compare to their expectations.

This is just the first of many tests for the new guys. Training camp can help a rookie get off to a great start and earn solid playing time—or it could land them a spot on the end of the bench.

There is plenty to be learned during training camps for the rookies. Let's take a look at five lessons in particular that will be critical for this year's rookies to learn as they try to develop and reach their full potential.

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