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Continued: Under new CBA, 2nd round picks take on even greater importance for cost-conscious NBA

  • Article by: JON KRAWCZYNSKI , AP Basketball Writer
  • Last update: June 27, 2013 - 3:15 AM

And even if they don't hear their name called Thursday night, Neal offered a little bit of advice on how to channel the disappointment into something productive.

"Just dealing with the reality that I wasn't going to get drafted, that's like a crossroad for a lot of guys coming out of college," Neal said. "You realize you're not going to get drafted and there's a great chance that you might not become an NBA player.

"You kind of have to make your mind up that you want to continue on professionally and take the European route and take it seriously. After I talked it over with my family, that's what I decided to do. I was able to mentally just get past the European thing and go over there and be professional about it."

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