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Austin Daye talks working out, Kobe/LeBron and the lockout at his camp

The Orange County Register has a story about Austin Daye from his basketball camp in Irvine, Ca.

Daye gives his thoughts on Kobe Bryant and LeBron James — calling Kobe the best player in the league — and expresses his hopes that the lockout gets resolved quickly, although he says he wouldn’t be surprised if they lost ‘a month or two’ of the season.

This, though, is the greatest reason Pistons fans should be hopeful that Daye can take a big step forward next season:

In the meantime, Daye is working out every day and will be headed shortly to Las Vegas, where NBA players such as Chancey Billups, Rudy Gay, Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince will be training during the lockout.

“It’s very structured and I like that, so I’ll be doing that for a couple months,” Daye said.

Of all the Pistons’ young players, Daye is the biggest wildcard. The team has already seen stretches of consistent play from Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko. Daye certainly has looked, at times, like a highly skilled offensive player, but for a variety of reasons — his lack of strength, no defined role, too much depth at his position, etc. — he’s still largely an unknown. Playing this summer with tough, professional guys like Billups and Garnett, in particular, will hopefully rub off on Daye. If he’s able to win that starting small forward job, the possible free agent defections of Prince and Tracy McGrady might not hurt so bad.

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