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LA Lakers’ Luke Walton: Role Model for the Aspiring Non-Superstar

Published by on June 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Charles Barkley famously expressed the phrase, "I am not a role model," in a Nike Air commercial. Many have lost the message from that commercial where Barkley also said, "Parents should be role models."

Unfortunately, Charles, for you and the many superstars who have graced the NBA, you are role models. Maybe not role models for social behavior or business ethics, but indubitable role models for how to play the game that so many kids love.

More often than not, young aspiring basketball players compare themselves to the elite not realizing that the two abilities are unmatched. The dichotomy of the "team player" and "superstar" is lost on a kid with nothing but hopes and dreams.

Of course, that's not to sa...

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