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Ben Wallace offers Austin Daye thoughtful advice to break out of his shooting slump

From Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports Detroit:

“I was in the shower and Ben Wallace told me today, he told me I had my head up my butt because I’m not shooting shots I usually take,” Daye said after the Pistons’ 99-91 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

That about sums it up. Daye is a good, pure shooter. He’s getting open looks. There’s really no rational way to explain why he’s shooting just 20.4 percent from the field and is 0-for-13 from 3-point range after shooting 40 percent from there last season.

15 Comments

  • Jan 17, 20123:17 pm
    by Bhel Atlantic

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    Wait, Ben Wallace says that Daye’s problem is that he’s not taking shots he usually takes; but Patrick Hayes says that Daye’s problem is that he’s not making shots he usually makes.  Which is it?  (or both?)

    • Jan 17, 20123:18 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Both. He’s missing open shots. But he’s also passed up shots he should’ve taken, most likely because his slump has made him less aggressive.

  • Jan 17, 20123:52 pm
    by Sean Corp

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    Not only is he less aggressive. But he’s lost so much confidence that he looks absolutely panick-stricken every time he gets the ball into his hands. He’s forced so many passes onto well-guarded teammates at the end of the shot clock it’s unbelievable.

    • Jan 17, 20124:39 pm
      by ottawa1616

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      Sadly, Ive seen Wilkins turn the ball plenty of times cause he has 0 offensive game yet also has miscues on defense. How many times you’ve seen Wilkins get a wide open look and either immediately passes it away or misses the shot. Big Ben has better offensive game then him. So why not develop the youngster.

  • Jan 17, 20124:17 pm
    by frankie d

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    certainly, it is ultimately the player’s responsibility to maintain his own level of confidence.
    but the orgainization also bears responsibility.
    if i have students in my classroom who are good writers and they end up losing confidence in their ability to write because of the way i’ve handled my classroom duties as their teacher, i am certainly partly to blame.
    the same thing has happened here.  the team has done a ham-handed job of dealing with a player who is supposed to be one of its young core players.
    it is not entirely the fault of the organization, but they bear some responsibility. 
    they have helped to totally destroy his confidence.

    • Jan 17, 20126:37 pm
      by apa8ren9

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      Didnt this guy work out with Kevin Durant over the summer?  Didnt he play in Russia to hone his skills during the lockout.  This is his third year, there shouldnt be a confidence issue at all.  If that is the case then that shows how mentally weak this dude is. What the hell was he doing over the summer?  He is going to get a shot at some time tonight, hopefully he can get some shots to go down.
      How about this why doesnt he take it to the hole and get fouled or try to get a layup?  Why is he being singled out?  You see the other players making mistakes and not getting the hook why just him?  Its because he’s playing terrible.  So if he executes a pick n roll in the offense tonight doesnt throw the ball away and plays hustle defense then he will stay on the court and the coach will have to play him.

  • Jan 17, 20124:18 pm
    by ottawa1616

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    Daye needs to shake whateva he has and mentally get back in it. His confidence is at a 0 yet it doesnt help to be behind Michael Curry 2.0 (Wilkins). The one thing this team needs is scoring and we all know Daye is top 3 on the team in terms of ability to do it. But its difficult when your getting garbage mintues or oif u screw up once and get yanked.

    Wilkins at his best = Daye at his worst. I assume Wilkins gets the nod cuz of his D yet he misses assignments, passes up on open shots and has turnovers so why not continue to develop the future.

  • Jan 17, 20125:07 pm
    by frankie d

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    and wilkins was personally torched for 17 points by philly’s jodie meeks, who broke out of his own slump against detroit.
    yet, no one called for wilkins to be benched.

  • Jan 17, 20125:08 pm
    by frankie d

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    that was 17 jodie meeks points in the 4th quarter!

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  • Jan 17, 20125:36 pm
    by Joe Dumars

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    Its nice to know that Daye and Big Ben are shower buddies.

  • Jan 17, 20126:05 pm
    by Mark

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    Strange quote. You don’t often hear players use the words “shower, butt, and, head” in the same sentence, lol. Unless of course its a former Penn State player…

  • Jan 17, 20128:07 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    As if Daye’s confidence was weak already he then had to be in the showers with Big Ben ‘body’ Wallace. I have a really bad mental picture of that scene but i am also pretty sure Daye weighs less than Big Ben’s little Ben if you catch my drift.

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