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Utah Jazz rookie Dante Exum cherishes time around All-Stars

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Dallas.
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Dallas.
LM Otero, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Dante Exum has had the spotlight shining on him ever since he burst onto the scene leading up to the 2014 NBA draft.

The young Australian thoroughly enjoyed watching and learning from guys who are under even brighter glare than he has been as a rookie with the Utah Jazz.

While he liked participating in the Rising Stars Challenge and various other events, the 19-year-old Exum said he’ll take away some lessons learned from watching how the players on a whole ‘nother echelon act off the court.

What did he learn from rubbing shoulders with the best basketball players in the world?

“Just seeing the professionalism of some of the other guys, the actual All-Stars, throughout this weekend and how they handle themselves with all of the media attention and all that,” Exum said. “That’s something that I want to take away and learn from.”

Exum won’t be sticking around for the actual All-Star Game, though. He’s leaving New York City just before tipoff.

“It’s been a good experience,” he said, “just being around this environment, around the media, around some the other players that are here for the All-Star Game.”

COACH PLEASER: Before Exum, Rudy Gobert and Trey Burke left for New York City to take part in the Rising Stars Challenge, they received their own challenge from Jazz coach Quin Snyder.

“I told them to represent us the right way,” Snyder said before parting ways with his players after Wednesday’s 87-82 loss at Dallas.

So? Did Exum, who had four points, three rebounds and three assists in the World’s 121-112 win Friday, do enough that he think his coach will be satisfied? “I think he’ll be happy,” Exum said. “I hope so — or I’ll get it.”

CROWD PLEASER: Exum got a loud reaction from the Barclays Center crowd Friday night when he sent Magic guard Victor Oladipo in different directions while pulling off back-to-back crossover moves.

Exum then missed the shot, though.

“I was just trying to shake and bake and do my thing,” he said. “I just couldn’t finish it. I burned it.”

PEOPLE PLEASER: Exum was asked what his favorite part about being in the NBA has been so far, and his Jazz teammates will like his answer.

“I think the teammates. I don’t know how it is with other teams, but the bonds that are built with some of the guys on the (Jazz) team has just been different,” he sad. “We travel a lot and are always together. It’s just a different type of bond.”

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