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Carlos Delfino’s Feelings Are Hurt

| July 23, 2012

Category: The Off Season

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The Bucks are like, "We'll PASS on Delfino." Right? (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

From Hoopshype.com

“I expected to have at least a conversation [with Milwaukee],” Delfino told HoopsHype. “I ended up aggravating my injury because I wanted to play with the Bucks. It hurts me a little bit that they have not even reached out to me. That’s life, things happen. I learned from the experience. Coach Scott [Skiles] and the owner [Herb Kohl] have been very good to me. The rest… I expected a little bit more.
Sometimes you expect not to be rewarded, but to be recognized for your effort, playing through injury and doing things for the group… When that doesn’t happen, I don’t say that I feel betrayed, but I feel overlooked. Even though it’s a business, I think the general manager should have maintained the personal relationship and put value on other things aside from a contract. As a veteran player, I thought it was always good to play no matter what [despite the injuries] and so far it has only played to my disadvantage.”

I couldn’t care less if the Bucks bring back Carlos Delfino. He’s easily replaceable. At the same time, I feel a great amount of empathy toward him. Solid rotation players that aren’t quite good enough to get wildly overpaid get the rawest deal in the NBA’s messed-up economy.

What’s really interesting to me is how the Bucks front office works. Basically, Delfino is saying that Hammond is Batman and Kohl is Jim Gordon. Hammond gets his hands dirty so Kohl doesn’t have to. Hammond isn’t the GM the Bucks need. HE’S THE GM THE BUCKS DESERVE. In this analogy, Skiles is Alfred.

***Spoilery Batman Rant After the Break***


One of the big themes throughout this set of Batman movies is that anyone can be Batman. This makes sense from a symbolic standpoint.  From a practical standpoint, not anyone can just be Batman. Sure the characters keep saying this, but it’s pretty obvious through actions that only someone with unlimited resources, Olympian strength and speed and elite ninja skills could actually be Batman. Bruce, it was a terrible idea to make Joseph Gordon Levitt the next Batman. I assume the Notorious JGL died within within five minutes of putting on the mask.

Since I have to connect everything to the Bucks, let’s just say that Brandon Jennings is Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Ian Segovia likes superheroes and the Bucks. You can talk about both with @Ian_Segovia on twitter.

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Ian Segovia has been watching the Milwaukee Bucks for several years and has been writing for about as long. Those are all his qualifications.

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  1. JustinNixon says:

    It is a little weird that the world knew that Delfino was not in the teams future plans, but Carlos didn’t. Maybe Hammond should have made that call just thank him for his services.. The one thing I hope doesn’t come out of this is a perception that the Bucks are disloyal somehow.

  2. PattiRafalskiDavison says:

    Batman IMAX was most enjoyable.
     I understand why Hammond might not call Delfino if he is waiting to see how Harris and Henson play in SL.  He’s the GM…he has to make him an offer or tell him he’s not going to make an offer.  He was probably hoping that someone would make Carlos an offer.   If Carlos got offer for $8M from another team do you think he would be worrying about JH feelings?  That’s probably the least favorite part of the GM job…feelings on both sides get hurt.  I like Carlos…the Bucks front office and coaches like Carlos, but the roster and salary is limited so choices have to be made.

  3. flyingking says:

    Hey Los, here’s a thought. Approach Portland.
    They wanted to hire Hammond. Now they want to hire Terry Stotts, that Howdy-Doody looking mofo who coached the Bucks to boredom for two years. They’ve drastically overpaid to keep Batum on their roster.
    Sounds just like Milwaukee, only with better weather.

  4. EdwardIlano says:

    We may moan & groan about jennings low FG% but delfino has been a career 40%FG guy, not sure why any team would sign him. With the high tempo game without much emphasis on defense as previous years there isnt much need for him. Id much rather see harris getting some minutes at the starting sf with dunlevy as his backup.