DeAndre Ayton Rumors

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Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton
Position: C
Born: 07/23/98
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $8,175,840
Coach and player aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on this one. Igor Kokoskov wanted Deandre Ayton to start Saturday night’s game with “more sense of urgency” going up against “one of the best players in the world” in early NBA MVP candidate Anthony Davis. “It’s a challenge, but the challenge should give him confidence in a way he should become aggressive and try to execute game plan,” Kokoskov said. “I think he was too passive to start the game. It’s a psychological moment, which is understandable. He’s a rookie playing against an All-Star, but I think he’s better than that in terms of being aggressive, being himself and just playing.”
Storyline: Ayton-Kokoskov Dynamic
So coach and player are on the same page in terms of awe, but Ayton didn’t quite understand what Kokoskov meant by saying he needs to start the game more aggressively. “I don’t know what he means by that,” said Ayton, who now has eight double-doubles in his first 12 NBA games. “To me, I’m all about a rhythm. I’m a rhythm-type of player. I don’t hunt shots down. That’s not my play style. My play style is my teammates know where I want the ball and really feeling out the game. Not saying I’m on a late start. I’m still playing defense.”
“I never thought I was going to face somebody as quick as me or as quick as him I should say,” Ayton said. “Just seeing how quick he moves, it’s insane, and strong at the same time. And bouncing. He’s going at me, but that’s the type of stuff I like. I’m like, I’m going to go straight at you, too.” After the game, Davis gave Ayton some words of encouragement. “He told me to keep going,” Ayton said. “That’s a green light. That’s another green light to keep going and I’m not going to stop. Keep going at people every time. Over and over and over and over.”