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Labeled as having a low motor, a rejuvenated Leo Lyons is out to prove he can play at the highest level.
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A label can make or break a career.
A good one can elevate you, turning a late-game shot-hog into a closer or a point guard that forces the action into a playmaker. A negative one, though, can follow you around like a bad hair day, introducing itself long before you do. And when you toss in the escalating forces of social media and the blogosphere, a label can morph into your de-facto identity, putting a screeching halt to an NBA career before it even begins.
Leo Lyons has a label.
At this point, where he got it -- and whether it was deserved is one part mystery and another part irrelevance. Sure, it came from somewhere, but all that matters now for Lyons, who played for the NBA Development Leagues Dakota Wizards and Austin Toros in 2011-12, is shaking the label thats long cast a shadow over his life-long dream.
That label? That the 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward, who recently shined as a member of the NBA D-League Select Team in NBA Summer League after two seasons in the NBA D-League that saw him average 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds, has a low motor.