I watched Hayward play, I saw a max guy who kept trying to play within the system while everyone else tried to play hero ball. It was clear as day, and it was disturbing to watch. I saw a former all star who willingly went to the bench when most others at his age in stature would have likely demanded a trade, fair or not. Ever wonder why so many people on this forum have said this was their least favorite team to watch ever? Even Maxwell said this was the first team he simply didn't like. On the whole, they were selfish and shot hunters. Horford, Smart, Hayward, and Baynes were the only guys who tried playing within a team concept. Brown finally got it by the end of the season, but it was really late.
Some of you guys saw a passive player who did nothing. I saw a player trying to actually play within the system his coach outlined, and other players completely doing their own thing which just leads to confusion for all players and a messy offense.
I thought Hayward was a guy who had no respect for Brad's system. I mean, he's ae guy who consistently played team ball, stayed even keeled, and made good decisions. Whereas, Brad very clearly prefers players that jack up quick shots while throwing a middle finger to their teammates. Brad wants his guys to try and play the hero, winning means nothing if we aren't a team of cartoon superheroes. If you're not trying to compete against your teammates, then clearly it indicates a lack of a competitive spirit.
I mean, if that's not the case, then Brad seems to lack influence over his players.
Semantics and bs hyperbole aside - he did not play like a max player this season. Of course, while he was close to a max player and our overpay was justified, he didn't play like a max player before we signed him.
Since entering the league, for the most part, the guy has always been underrated. His game isn't flashy and he has never been the type to consistently take over or wow. But he does just about everything "well" and he is typically in the right spots and making the right decisions.
If there is truth the notion that guys like Terry and Jaylen thought that he didn't deserve his minutes last season, it bothers me. Hayward is way more proven than those guys, needed to be reinserted into team chemistry, and perhaps most importantly, he played way better than those guys last year, all things considered. If they didn't see that, then it's a giveaway that they don't know what it is to play well. I am glad they have been exposed and hopefully Danny will take heed.