Frank said Daye would continue to occupy a spot in the rotation until he gets a chance to settle in and he lauded his approach during the season’s first 26 games when he was on the outside looking in.
“He’s been an unbelievable professional this year,” Frank said. “Not being in the rotation, not getting an opportunity and every day being the same guy. I’ve seen really good growth from him and he’s become a professional player. He’s always had skills, but it’s the makeup. A lot of guys are for the team when it’s going well for them. It’s when it’s not going well for them or not getting a chance. Can you be for the team? That’s what a professional player does.”
"I’m older," said Daye, 24. "When you’re a kid and things don’t go your way, you want them to go your way no matter what. As a man, you have to mature and you have to make things happen on your own."
If you’re so inclined, it’s pretty easy to read between the lines and get a rough idea of Austin Daye’s previous attitude. Instead, I’d rather credit Daye for doing the right things this year. This very well could be his last NBA season, and good for him doing what he can to ensure he gets another shot.