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Welcome, Rook: Ball, Tatum, Fultz and more making NBA debuts

If there was one takeaway from Lonzo Ball's first training camp and preseason, it was this: He doesn't sound like his dad.

There's no humility in Ball's game. The confidence of the Los Angeles Lakers' rookie point guard is through the roof when he's on the floor and with a ball in his hand. But when he speaks, when microphones are thrust near his face and the lights of cameras shine in his eyes and reporters pepper him with questions, there's no bluster or bravado emanating.

Yes, even the most ballyhooed player in this highly regarded NBA rookie class knows that a learning process awaits over the next few months.

"The grind of the season, 82 games, I've never...