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Australian Jawai hits fork in historic road to NBA

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ask Nathan Jawai about being the first indigenous Australian to be drafted into the NBA and his face lights up with pride.Jawai also realizes that after a heart scare, weight trouble, three trades and little playing time over two seasons, he faces an important summer that will determine whether he sticks around.Monday showed just how much work he has to do.The 6-foot-10 center lumbered up and down the floor in 3 ineffective minutes in his summer league debut for the Charlotte Bobcats . Carrying at least 285 pounds, Jawai must get his pudgy body closer to how it looked when he was the rookie of the year in Australia's NBL in 2008."Back then I was quicker, smaller. That's what I've got to get back to right now," Jawai said as he looked at his box score line of all zeros save for one foul and turnover. "I think I'd have more opportunities to stay here and be more effective."Jawai is a Torres Strait Islander, the name of an indigenous group from Queensland in northern ...

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