Buck Hits: Ersan in action, new coaches, summer relocations, Whiteside, and Monta’s Minnesota

Fewer than four weeks remain until the Bucks hold Media Day and start their training camp. Here’s a random ‘Buck Hits’ column to tide you over until then.


Ersan Ilyasova and Turkey debuted in Eurobasket yesterday.  Both churned out forgettable performances.  Ilyasova shot 1/9 FG and 1/4 FT while turning the ball over three times in a 61-55 loss to Finland (VIDEO).  Today, Turkey faces Italy at 10:30 AM CT.

Buck-Hits-300x300The Bucks officially announced the rest of their assistant coaches and training staff for the upcoming season.  In addition to Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, Larry Drew will count Jim Cleamons, Scott Williams, and Josh Oppenheimer among their staff.  Given his experience in the role, Cleamons presumably takes over as the Bucks’ top assistant.

Former Bucks summer leaguers John Shurna and Demetris Nichols have found new homes.  Shurna signed a two-year deal to play for Joventut Baladona, while Nichols will travel to Russia to continue his career.

Alex Boeder wrote about the top-5 offenses in Milwaukee history for Bucks.com. Go for the details about great offense, but stay for the pic of the early 80s warmup pants.  They’re transfixing.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld says that New York, Miami, and Milwaukee are the three of the teams vying for the services of Hassan Whiteside.  Preston Schmitt recalled some old Billy McKinney quotes as a counterpoint.

Does Monta Ellis have it all but self-aware geography?  Here’s a series of tweets (1, 2, 3) from a Dallas-area interview that seem to point in that general direction.

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  1. is monta’s tweet an excellent illustration of nba players’ feelings toward milwaukee, or is he just kind of ignorant (not stupid, or idiotic, just not that sharp on basic knowledge stuff like us states), or a little o both?

    i think he’s just a mississippi country boy with just a HS education that always came after hoops. but really an intriguing look at how players view the north. One of those cases where the team might really benefit by freely self identifying as Chicago’s little brother. Sorry, I just vomited on my keyboard.