Buck Hits: Backcourt inefficiencies, rap shout-outs and scuttlebutt
This was a pretty frustrating week of Milwaukee Bucks basketball. The starters looked broken, Scott Skiles was irrational with rotations, and the team played poorly at home (where they are now 3-4). But, that 31-4 run in Chicago was amazing. And the team is still in first place. So, let’s just all be happy that the bench mob is a thing and that the Central Division is horrible. It”s the little things, guys. Here’s your recap of the past week.
On Wednesday, Brett Koremenos of Grantland wrote a great article about the Brandon Jennings-Monta Ellis backcourt and its early inefficiencies. The article details how Scott Skiles is trying to use the duo and why it isn’t working.
“Whether it’s moving Ellis into the role of sixth man or even issuing a mea culpa on the original trade and moving him for better-fitting pieces, it would behoove the team to explore every avenue that could correct this problem. If the pair is unable to improve on its own, it could spell trouble for a front office and coaching staff whose job security seems dependent on a playoff berth.”
Steve von Horn and Frank Madden of Brew Hoop released another podcast on Tuesday. They discuss the Bucks comeback against the Bulls, how good Ersan Ilyasova would be if he was a 10-foot tall beekeeper and rotations. It’s fun. Give it a listen.
Andrew Bogut, who had been scheduled to return this Saturday, is now out indefinitely for the Golden State Warriors. Bogut revealed that his surgery in April was more intensive than first reported and that returning for tomorrow’s game was never realistic. Pretty happy the Bucks aren’t having to deal with this right now.
“We don’t want to fool anybody, anymore,” Bogut said, according to the Chronicle. “We don’t want to keep creating a little bit of excitement of, ‘Hey, Andrew might be playing Saturday. It might be Monday. He’s back.’ It’s enough. It takes a toll on me personally and on the organization. … It got to the point that we spoke this morning and I said, ‘Let’s make it an indefinite leave until I’m ready.’ There’s no point in throwing numbers out there.”
On Monday, Spencer Lund of Dime Magazine wrote an interesting piece that labels Jennings’ offense as the Bucks’ Yin to Larry Sanders’ defensive Yang. It brings up a lot of statistics that we’ve talked about in the past, but it ends with a quote from The Great Gatsby. So, that’s something.
Speaking of Jennings, yesterday he proved that one can never go to college and still be pictured on a college textbook.
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times was once again on scuttlebutt overload when mentioning that Drew Gooden could be on the trading block. Fun fact: when you say “scuttlebutt, scuttlebutt, scuttlebutt” out loud, Gery Woelfel appears.
And finally, on Monday Spin Magazine looked into which NBA team has had the most shout-outs in rap songs. BREAKING: It wasn’t the Bucks. Spin could only find two shout-outs. They mention fish and feet and John Wooden.
Brandon Jennings: “Bigger fish to fry so I’m gon’ probably need a bigger pan / Brandon Jennings money, switchin’ hands” — Sir Michael Rocks (“Banco Populair”)
Drew Gooden: “Being good is good, that’ll get you Drew Gooden / But me, I want Jordan numbers, LeBron footin’ / Can’t guard me, Vince Lombardi, John Wooden” — J. Cole (“The Return of Simba”)
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