Hawkeye headlines: Mike Daniels is 'mean,' Marble likely to make Magic roster?
Daniels will fight teammates if he has to, Orlando website raves about Marble
Former Hawkeye defensive lineman Mike Daniels is an imposing figure. So when he says he would “deck” a teammate in the locker room in order to get them to play with a mean streak, you probably don’t want to test him on it.
Daniels, currently a starter for the Green Bay Packers, made some strong comments to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week about the need for his team’s defense to toughen up. The Packers, according to the Sentinel, allowed over 1,000 rushing yards across a seven-game stretch at the end of the season.
“We’re grown men. We play a violent game. We get paid to be violent,” Daniels said. “So why not? If you deck somebody in the locker room because you have a disagreement, there’s not going to be any sensitivity training... I’m personally going to really get the best out of everybody. I don’t care if I have to hit somebody before we get on the field.”
Second-year teammate Andy Malumba had a funny response: “Yeah, I mean, he’s probably going to do it,” he told the paper. “I don’t see myself fighting that guy. He’s pretty strong. I know his strength. I’m willing to do whatever he tells me to do.”
MARBLE MOST LIKELY SUMMER-LEAGUER TO MAKE MAGIC?
Devyn Marble has had a few cold shooting games with some unfortunate timing as he tries to impress the Orlando Magic on their Summer League team this week.
The former Hawkeye All-Big Ten guard is shooting just 37.5 percent in three games, and is just 4-17 in the last two contests. He’s averaging 9.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in the Summer League.
But his struggles from the field might not matter, according to the Magic’s official team website. The team’s site ranked the five Magic Summer League Players with the Best Chance to Make an NBA Team today, and put Marble at No. 1.
“Several scouts at Summer League noted they were shocked that Marble dropped in the draft the way he did,” the site reads. “Marble was an exceptional scorer in college and his size makes him a defensive threat. It’s possible Marble will be designated to the D-League this upcoming season, but most believe he will eventually have an impact in the NBA.”