Marquis Daniels ready to make most of opportunity with Bucks

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Marquis Daniels ready to make most of opportunity with Bucks

BOSTON - The good thing for Marquis Daniels is he hasn't had to do much color-scheme wise in fitting in with his new team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

But rest assured, Daniels' role with the Bucks is significantly different than it was with the Boston Celtics - on and off the court.

In Boston, he provided depth as a player the Celtics counted on for his versatility in their quest to win an NBA title.

With the Bucks, Daniels' playing time will be limited with him likely to spend more time mentoring younger players than motoring up and down the floor.

After all that he has been through, an opportunity to continue playing the game he loves is where his focus is right now.

"Take advantage of every opportunity," Daniels told CSNNE.com. "Dealing with the injuries from last couple years, I don't take nothing for granted, whether it's two minutes, three minutes, whatever it is. I just want to go out there and play hard. It could be gone at any time. I just want to take advantage of any situation."

Having had his share of potential career-ending injuries, Daniels can relate to what Jeff Green is dealing with now for the Celtics.

Green underwent season-ending heart surgery on the eve of training camp last year. He has since returned to the Celtics, but struggled mightily in Boston's season-opening loss at Miami.

Daniels understands that it takes time to heal, both physically and mentally.

"A lot of people expect you to do this and do that," Daniels said. "But there's still, you still have it in your head, 'what if this happens?' or 'what if that happens. Some way, you have to find a way to channel it out."

During his time in Boston, Daniels' career was marred by a slew of injuries that in many ways never allowed Celtics Nation to see just how valuable a player he could be.

Bucks General Manager John Hammond didn't need to be sold on Daniels, the player.

He was more concerned with learning all he could about Daniels, the person.

Needless to say, he was impressed.

"Every team, every roster needs people like that," Hammond told CSNNE.com. "You start with the man, and you go from there. I spoke with Danny (Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations) and he had nothing but good things to say about Marquis as a person."

Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles spoke with C's coach Doc Rivers prior to the Bucks signing him to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

Like Hammond, Skiles was also impressed with what he was told about Daniels the person.

Good guy or not, Daniels still has to prove his worth on the floor.

Although Skiles likes the versatility that Daniels brings to the floor, that may not necessarily get him on the court with any kind of consistent minutes.

"He can do a lot of positive things," Skiles said. "What that means playing time-wise, I don't know yet. I have to make a decision on Tobias (Harris) first and see where he's at. And then Mike Dunleavy of course. Marquis can play backup 2 (shooting guard) as well. He's just a very versatile guy. We're glad to have him."

And he's glad to be in Milwaukee, even if his role in terms of playing time remains uncertain.

Clayborn beats out Seymour, Vrabel to enter Patriots Hall of Fame

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Clayborn beats out Seymour, Vrabel to enter Patriots Hall of Fame

Raymond Clayborn has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the honor. The corner, who is tied for the franchise record for interceptions with Ty Law (36), will be the 26th person inducted to the Hall. 

Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowler (1983, 1985, 1986) during his 13-year Patriots career from 1977 through 1989. He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977, and chipped in both in the secondary and as a kick returner. As a rookie in the return game, he averaged 31 yards per return and brought back three for touchdowns. 

Clayborn reacted to the news on Twitter soon after the announcement was made. 

"I was fortunate to be a season ticket holder during Raymond's entire Patriots career," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "For the first half of his career, he teamed with Michael Haynes to form one of the best corner tandems in league history. Throughout his career, Raymond was a physical, shutdown corner.

"One of my favorite memories was watching the 1985 team advance to the Super Bowl after Raymond helped us break the Orange Bowl curse when he stymied future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino with a dominant performance against Pro Bowl receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. Raymond had six passes defensed and an interception to help us claim our first conference title. It was the greatest upset victory in franchise history at the time and one the entire New England region celebrated. It is a well-deserved honor and I look forward to presenting him his hall of fame jacket."

Clayborn has been a finalist for each of the last four years but was not able to generate enough support in the annual online vote to beat out Ty Law (2014 inductee), Willie McGinest (2015) or Kevin Faulk (2016). Clayborn was eligible to be voted in by the senior committee since he's now been retired for 25 years, but he did not receive the requisite eight of 10 senior committee votes to be elected in that way. 

As it turns out, he didn't need to be. When Kraft called Clayborn with the news, he said Clayborn received over 40 percent of the vote to beat out the pair of three-time Super Bowl champs.