Those watching the NBA playoffs know that Jeff Green’s adjustment to the Boston Celtics was a rocky one. Still though, Danny Ainge has faith in Green’s long-term prospects. Greg Payne of ESPN Boston talked to Ainge about Green and Ainge compared Green’s situation to that of Austin Daye’s father, Darren Daye, a young player who joined a veteran Celtics squad in the 1980s.
“I think what people don’t realize is how hard it is to [change roles],” Ainge said Friday at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint. “When I played in the [1980s], we brought in players that were hurting us every time we played them, like we couldn’t stop them. I think one example is a player named Darren Daye. He used to score 25 every time we played him, but now all of a sudden he’s coming in, he’s playing behind Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and some games he scores zero playing behind them because he’s just coming into the game to give them a rest.”
That comparison doesn’t make total sense, since Green was a full-time starter prior to coming to Boston and Darren Daye was a bench player in Washington, albeit one who played more minutes with the Bullets than he got with Boston. But Ainge is correct that Daye’s production did plummet after joining the Celtics. His final season in Washington, he averaged nearly 19 points per 36 minutes before averaging 11 points per 36 his first season in Boston.
As for Darren Daye’s Pistons connection, Austin probably inherited some height from his 6-foot-8 father, but Austin’s shooting stroke came from somewhere else. Darren Daye only attempted 17 3-pointers in five NBA seasons, hitting just two of them.
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