Austin Daye using time in Russia to learn how to play in structured offense

In an interesting interview with Nima Zarrabi of HoopsHype, Austin Daye compares the NBA’s style of play to Europe’s:

Are there some guys over there that you could see contributing on NBA teams if given the chance?

AD: That’s tough. Put it this way, going one-on-one and things like that, the guys here aren’t that great at it, at creating a shot for themselves. But here in Russia, they use the team aspect so well. They have sets for everything, they even have sets for counters so you can’t even make reads. In the NBA, you can come off a pick-and-roll and the guy who has the ball has the option to make the read depending on the defense. Out here, they want you to run the play exactly how they want it. And the tempo of the game here is much slower. The NBA is the fastest, of course. It’s timing and control out here. The coaches want to have control of what’s going on. I think they feel like the players would make more mistakes than they would like if they go off on their own. The pace is just different, that’s something that you have to get used to.

So, Daye will be prepared to play for Rick Carlisle, circa 2002. Lawrence Frank next season? We’ll see.

Read the rest of the interview. There’s a lot of interesting tidbits in there.

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