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.
The 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.
“In Minnesota it was worse than it was in Golden State” – Monta Ellis on how things feel different in Dallas
— Cash Sirois (@CashSports) September 4, 2013