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Cole getting valuable experience in Finals
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 16, 2013 @ 3:55 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Yannis Koutroupis, USA TODAY Sports
SAN ANTONIO – Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole is not your average second-year guard.
Some NBA players go their entire careers without having the chance to play for a championship. Cole is already playing for his second.
When the Heat drafted him 28th overall in 2011, there were some questions about how he would fair against elite competition since he was coming from a small school in Cleveland State. Those questions are now a thing of the past. Now the big question surrounding him is just how good he can be, especially now that he has so much experience at this early stage of his career.
“I don’t even think he realizes the enormity of the situation,” Heat shooting guard Ray Allen told USA Today Sports. “I told him one time while we were sitting on the bench in Miami and we looked up at the box and I said ‘Look at everyone around the world is watching this game from every country, not every but a lot of countries, this is what you watch growing up. You have to understand the situation and how huge it is. I didn’t want to put any freight in his mind, but just let him know that this is something to appreciate.
“For the rest of his life, it’s going to carry him. He’s already won one. For the rest of his life he’s always going to have this in his repertoire. When he leaves the game of basketball, he’ll always be able to talk about these moments and whatever moments he has after these. It’s going to be forever engrained in his memory and in who he is as a basketball player.”
Cole currently splits time with the Heat’s starting point guard Mario Chalmers. The level of point guard play in the league is as high as it has ever been, but few have the experience that Cole does.
He went head-to-head with Russell Westbrook in last year’s Finals and is now taking on Tony Parker, one of the top point guards in the league. He’s also gone up against Boston’s Rajon … [For more on Norris Cole getting experience in the NBA Finals, click here.]
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