Buck Hits: Jennings hoopla, PUJIT and the Medallion Stallion

Welcome to the all-star break. The Milwaukee Bucks sit in the illustrious 8th seed with a record of 26-25. They’re four games ahead of the 9th seed Philadelphia 76ers and one-and-a-half games behind the 7th seed Boston Celtics. We’re six day away from the trade deadline and the Bucks are reportedly “very active” in the trade market. One would expect that John Hammond and company will be looking to add talent for a playoff push. Things could get weird, so getchyopopcornready. Here’s your recap of the week that was.

Recap

Bucks 100 vs. Pistons 105 – Recap, Box Score, Highlights

Bucks 90 vs. Wizards 102 – Recap, Box Score, Highlights

Bucks 94 vs. Sixers 92 – Recap, Box Score, Highlights

Coverage

There’s been some Brandon Jennings hoopla. First, Chad Ford at ESPN reported that sources told him that Jennings and the Bucks have “irreconcilable differences” and that the Dallas Mavericks have a strong interest in the point guard. Then, Chris Broussard, also at ESPN, rebutted that report saying that Jennings told him via text that Ford’s sources were wrong. It’s all quite complicated and pretty irrelevant. But rumors! This very well could be Jennings’ last week in Milwaukee, but that still seems very unlikely.

On Tuesday, Bradford Doolittle at ESPN listed the Bucks as a possible destination for Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick. Doolittle thinks the Bucks would have to give up, “a first-rounder and/or a young piece such as Ekpe Udoh or Tobias Harris, while moving Beno Udrih to make the salaries work.” He then says Redick would replace Udrih as the back-up to Jennings and Ellis because, you know, who needs point guards?

Dan Sinclair at Brew Hoop broke down Beno Udrih and his incredible ability to hit pull-up jumpers in transition, aka PUJIT. I knew Udrih was good at hitting this shot (he is the PUJIT King) but this is just absurd.

“Beno Udrih has hit 8 of his 10 PUJITs. 80 percent. Compare that to the 65.7% he shoots in transition overall, or his 46.6% shooting on all jumpers, and it’s clear there’s no place Beno is more comfortable than hovering in midair amidst the chaos.”

Finally, and most importantly, Larry Sanders wore a medallion at the game last night. Where do you think he got it? Or did he win it? Did he win that medallion? What could’ve he done to win that medallion? Did he accomplish a feat of strength? Or was it a knowledge-based challenge? Maybe it’s an heirloom? Or maybe he forged it himself? Could it possibly be the source of his defensive powers? Can we call him the Medallion Stallion from now until forever? Hm. Someday we’ll have answers to these questions. Someday.

Via @AnaheimAmigos

Categories: Buck Hits

Jon Hartzell is a writer/producer at NBA.com who likes the Bucks.

12 Comments

  1. So if you’re Jennings’ agent, and you just got replaced by another agent in a contract year, and you are bitter, and you want to get back at Jennings, what is the PERFECT revenge plot?

    How about right before the trade deadline I tip off Chad Ford at ESPN about or as an anonymous source that has first hand knowledge that Jennings hates Milwaukee, hates the Bucks, hates the fans and wants to play for LA or NY.

    Why not? It’s been that kind of week.

    I’m looking forward to watching some Arne Duncan, Nick Cannon and Kevin Hart basketball tonight.

    Go Arne!

    • It’s so easy for those who already have the mindset that Jennings doesn’t want to be in Milwaukee to believe the Ford tip as true and Jennings lying about his denial. While the conspiracy of an agent revenge plot maybe the opposite side of the mindset, it’s a lot more plausible that Jennings and his agent had “irreconcilable differences” if he fired him. In fact, Jennings could have literally said those two words, except about his agent, and they were just taken completely out of context. It’s really not ridiculous to believe a source or the media would spin words to their favour.

    • Chad Ford could be lying, its possible. But he is has a good reputation and I doubt his anonymous reputable source would be the agent that brandon just axed. That would be totally unprofessional and wouldn’t make much more sense than asking the guy on the street about Jennings future.

      • My story was a bit “fantastic”, but knowing how something like that report by Ford could negatively impact a player’s career, that leak source was unprofessional. How could anyone think that was going to be a help to Jennings at this time?

        • Reporters seek objective insight, they can’t concern themselves with how it affects players. I mean Brandon Jennings makes millions of dollars to play basketball, I’m not exactly going to cry for him if some false rumor was created. The way he plays, carries himself, and speaks makes me think that there is some truth to the report. Either way he’s not playing well which matters more than all of this hearsay.

  2. I would prefer to see Sanders in a Bucks uni, but the man has looked mighty fine in street clothes this week…so fine, we just might start seeing a lot of medallions around Milwaukee!

  3. Maybe Jon Hartzell can help me out here,
    one way or another, regarding Tobias Harris,
    since his author profile reads that he
    believes Harris is the team’s future star.

    My pleas to get Harris 15-30 minutes of
    playing time per game has met with little
    or no enthusiasm from the other bloggers
    on this site, which is not a dig at them,
    just an observation.

    I would very much like to see Harris get
    a chance right now: maybe 20 minutes per
    game for the next 30 or so games, as long
    as he plays hard physically and mentally
    and also tries to fit in with the team.

    For one thing, Harris seems to be the only
    guy outside of the starting guards who
    can create his own shot and is an effective
    scorer inside and out. I’m not saying he
    should be a feature guy, but I think he can
    help the Bucks win right now. Also, I’m
    concerned that by keeping him mired on the
    bench, he could be getting discouraged and
    souring on the Bucks for the future.

    So, please Jon, give me your perspective on
    the situation. I’m also very interested in the
    thoughts of other bloggers, but gently, please,
    gently. Hope this blog is rowdy but respectful.

    • I think he currently lacks the defensive awareness/footwork/quickness to get major minutes if the team’s goal is to make the playoffs. His post game would definitely be helpful on offense and of course I’d like to see him play more, too. But if playoffs are the goal, then he probably won’t be seeing much action.

      • Thanks for the response, Jon.

        How does Tobias go about improving
        his defensive game, and does he have
        the potential to be good as a defender
        and rebounder?

        Is he so bad on defense that he doesn’t
        merit even 15 minutes per game?

        Since you say that you would like to
        see him play more, too, what would
        you like his role to be for the rest
        of the season?

        Do you still think Harris is a star
        in the making or not so much?

        Please excuse all the questions, but
        they are sincere. It’s okay if you
        don’t answer. I really don’t see
        myself as an expert, but the fun of
        the blog is being able to express
        opinions enthusiastically and to learn
        from others.

        • Harris is very young, I think he is being handled similarly to sanders. I think the approach is good for young players, makes them hungry and motivated to prove themselves.