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FLORHAM PARK – Eric Paschall hasn’t quite gotten used to being a celebrity yet. The Golden State rookie power forward seemed a little embarrassed as reporters called his name at a photo shoot for NBA trading cards on Sunday morning. 

The 41st overall pick after his senior season at Villanova, Paschall acknowledged he had a lot to learn. But that’s why he was in Morris County, N.J. this week, not far from his home on the other side of New York City. 

“It’s a lot different now, coming home, because Dobbs Ferry is such a small town,” Paschall said. “Everybody calls me a celebrity in Dobbs Ferry. When I come back home, people recognize me.”

The annual, four-day Rookie Transition Program begins Monday in Parsippany, N.J.. Held since 1986, it serves as the players’ official introduction to the NBA, according to league rep Mike Wade of Florham Park. The rookies will meet NBA legends and…

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