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Understudy Daniels schooling Ridnour on the job

Sonics guards Luke Ridnour and Antonio Daniels, a former Spur, are working together to defeat San Antonio.

Updated: May 18, 2005, 12:54 PM ET
By Frank Hughes | Special to ESPN.com

It could have been about payback for Antonio Daniels, playing against his former team with the notion of something to prove.

Instead, it is about paying it forward. At the time, in 1997, Daniels did not want to admit it.

But now that he is older and ostensibly wiser, he looks back and wonders why it wasn't apparent to him then: When he was taken with the fourth pick in the draft by Vancouver, he wasn't ready to be the Grizzlies' starting point guard.

He was young, ...

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