I never appreciated Glenn Robinson when he was around. What can I say? I was young and in love. With Ray Allen’s jumper.
In fact, you could say that I loathed Robinson. Not all the time, just sometimes. Definitely after game 5 against the Sixers when he missed a 10 foot baseline jumper to win. I made the astute observation that “Big Dogg friggen’ sucks” while I bawled into my fists.
I don’t cry anymore about sports. I wish I would though. Because that would mean that the Bucks would at least be in big moments.
Andrew Bogut is back everyone. The similarities between Bogut and Robinson are startling. Both first round picks, both were surpassed by players drafted after them, both had incompetent GMs ruining the early parts of their careers, both were stable and you knew what you were getting from them every night.
Being back home and having Bogut back in the lineup will remedy a lot of the issues the team faced in its west coast road trip. Rebounding will be back and the defense will be stout again. Everyone will be back in their natural positions, but minutes will once again be sparse for the young guys. Of particular note is whether Larry Sanders can keep up the passing that he showed during the trip that he has never shown before.
Watch These Guys Not the Other Guys
- Tim Duncan
It says a lot that even though Duncan is a shell of the former player he once was, that he’s still very serviceable. If Andrew Bogut wasn’t returning tonight, then he might’ve just looked like his old self. He’s not rebounding like he used to, but the bank is still open for him.
- Tony Parker
As Duncan has declined, Popovich has put the offense in the hands of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Well, just Parker now since Ginobili is injured. In one sense the Bucks dodged a bullet by missing Ginobili. In another sense, Jennings has to get his pick and roll defense together before Parker burns him like Nash did on Sunday.
The hole left by Manu’s absence is being filled by a Danny Green/James Anderson/Gary Neal platoon. Winning that matchup is of prime importance to the Bucks. Also of prime importance, Matt Bonner vs. Jon Leuer. That isn’t just the matchup we all want. It’s the battle we need.