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The NBA's Newest Stars Don Their New Team Uniforms

posted 6 Aug 2013, 12:08 by Mpelembe   [ updated 6 Aug 2013, 12:09 ]

The NBA's newest basketball stars wear their new team uniforms for their first official photo shoot.

 TARRYTOWNNEW YORKUNITED STATES (AUGUST 6, 2013) (REUTERS) -  The NBA's (National Basketball Association) newest stars wore their new team uniforms for the first time in public on Tuesday (August 6).

About 40 NBA rookies sported their new look at the Madison Square Garden Training Center, just outside New York City.

The NBA rookies posed for photographs that will be used for their very first trading cards, as well as other official NBA promotions.

"The first time I put the full uniform on. It's cool," said Canadian forward Anthony Bennett. Bennett, of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was taken with the number one overall NBA draft pick by theCleveland Cavaliers in June.

Bennett told Reuters Television he is ready for Cleveland.

"I just feel like I gotta come in and just play my role. I'm on a team with Kyrie, Andrew Bynum, Tristan Thompson, just to name a few. So I feel like those are all great players, so if I can just come in and just, you know, rebound or something, I'll be good with that," he said.

Athletic guard Victor Oladipo of Indiana was taken with the second pick of the first round by theOrlando Magic.

"It's just a surreal feeling. Words can't describe how blessed I am and how fortunate I am to be here. I was walking in with Tim Hardaway and was like, 'Man, we're in the NBA.' He was like, 'Man it's crazy.' It's a surreal feeling, you know. And I'm just going to continue to keep growing as a player and as a person so I can make the most of it."

The Charlotte Hornets nabbed Oladipo's teammate from Indiana University, center Cody Zeller.

Zeller said being in the NBA still hasn't sunk in yet.

"I think when I start playing games and start playing against the best players in the world, I think that's when it will really sink in."

During the draft, touted centers Nerlens Noel of Kentucky and Ukrainian Alex Len of Maryland were both thought of as contenders to be picked first in the draft.

Noel was picked sixth by the New Orleans Pelicans, but was quickly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

"I definitely feel I have something to prove to myself. Definitely using it as fuel and motivation, just keep that fire, just keep going with it. Really, I want to be the best player I can be and it just helps the chip on my shoulder grow even bigger."

Ukrainian Alex Len of Maryland was scooped up by the Phoenix Suns.

"I'm going to try my best. I'm going to try to do what the coach asks me to do and just be responsible off the court and just be a great teammate."

Otto Porter of the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons' new recruits were all among the newest NBA players to show off their new uniforms and their basketball skills.