The NBA is in a weird spot. General managers are watching as their teams’ rosters are taking shape without them. Players are relocating thousands of miles away to earn money while they still can. All while progress to eliminate the self inflicted stalemate remains null. Enter today’s Buck Hits.
Another week goes by and another player is set to leave the Bucks. Keyon Dooling has signed with Turkish team Efes Istanbul, and is set to play with fellow NBA castoff Sasha Vujacic. Dooling’s agent, Kenge Stevenson, has stated that “Dooling would expect to play in Turkey next season even if the lockout ends and any opt-out clause would be for legal purposes.” This might be a win-win situation for Dooling and the Bucks, as the team became overstocked on point guards after the Stephen Jackson deal (Dooling, Jennings, Livingston, Udrih), and Dooling was stuck in the middle of the lockout mess as the NBPA vice president. Clean slate for everyone?
Andrew Bogut has announced that he will be an assistant coach of the Australian national team during the Olympic qualifying series. Another victory for the Bucks here, as they would much rather see Bogut on the sidelines than to try to come back early to play for the team.
Carlos Delfino has elected to play for Argentina during the Olympic qualifying series. He will be in good company, asLuis Scola, Manu Ginobili and Andres Nocioni all have signed on to play alongside Delfino.
Brandon Jennings is getting in a lot of work over the summer, and most recently has been involved in the Goodman League. According to this video recap, Jennings is having no problem lighting up the scoreboard, putting up 46 points. That said, Jennings didn’t look all that worried about playing defense as Warren “D-Nice” Jefferson blew by him time and time again. I love seeing Jennings’ point totals as of late (81, 46, etc), but I’d also like to see him make an effort to stop a point guard who isn’t even in the NBA.
Former Bucks Latrell Sprewell and Anthony Mason find themselves in deep tax debt with the state of Wisconsin. Sprewell owes $3.5 million in unpaid taxes, and Anthony Mason owes a cool $2.1 million. I can’t say I’m surprised to see more NBA players that don’t know how to handle their money, but what I can say is that I have no idea how they can actually spend it so quickly.