Austin Daye readying to challenge Dennis Rodman’s pushup mark

Keith Langlois of

It goes like this: 10 pushups and hold the position for 10 seconds, followed by eight pushups and hold for eight seconds, continuing through six, four, two and one, then starting over and going from one back through 10 – and then repeating the whole thing. To complete the cycle requires 124 pushups and 124 seconds of holding the position.

Kander, in all his years with the Pistons, has had one player successfully complete the circuit: Dennis Rodman. By the end of the summer, Austin Daye will be the second.

“I’m going to get there,” Daye told me this week. “I told him I would. I promised him.”

Nobody can keep up with Daye so far. It’s developed into a team activity with seven or eight regular participants taking part. Kander has Daye do different pushup drills on different days, but on game days – after the morning shootaround – he has him do the 10-to-1, 1-to-10 progression while seven or eight others take part, including Lawrence Frank.

“I’ve been trying to get everyone to do it,” Daye said. “I don’t want to be the only one suffering. It’s kind of funny when I see L getting blood-red in his face. It’s cool, having everyone around.”

This is the benefit of Lawrence Frank holding Austin Daye accountable for his poor playing and benching him. Daye is hungry to re-gain his rotation spot, and he’s working hard to do so. In the long run, ideally, this will make him a better player.

Check out Langlois’ full article. It has a really interesting look at Arnie Kander’s methods and Daye’s progress.

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