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Lowe: Consensus is Hammond and Morway will have another year

| May 20, 2014

Category: Injury Report, The Off Season

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This feels like a lifetime ago. Hammond gets his executive of the year award from Bob Lanier. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

This feels like a lifetime ago. Hammond gets his executive of the year award from Bob Lanier. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Most respected NBA reporters seem to be echoing a similar statement with regard to the future of John Hammond, David Morway and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks current front office: They will get a shot under the new owners.

The latest comes from Grantland’s Zach Lowe, as apart of his column on tumultuous NBA front office situations:

But the growing consensus is that the current front office will have another year to make this lottery pick and hope the nucleus it’s put in place begins to perform.

If the current front office is not ousted, that’s sure to upset a good deal of Bucks fans who were hoping for a completely new start under the new ownership group. While this group of fans likely will be placated by nothing but new basketball leadership, there was an interesting innovation tidbit inside Lowe’s musings on the current Bucks situation.

It comes as no news to you, Bucks fan, that the Milwaukee Bucks have been struggling with injuries for some time now. We all worried about Andrew Bogut’s health on a near daily basis a few years back, have watched Ersan Ilyasova battle through a variety of ailments over the past four years and saw Brandon Knight collapse in a heap seconds into his first regular season game with the team last November. But there’s a new plan in place that could potentially help curb the number of injuries Milwaukee’s dealt with of late, according to Lowe:

The team’s medical staff has partnered with an outside consultant to develop a software program that tracks individual biological data for each player — which muscles are strong, which are weak, and what those findings mean for related muscles and joints. They’ve used the information to craft individual offseason workout plans for every player on the roster — a first for the team, according to John Hammond and David Morway, the team’s GM and assistant GM, respectively.

So while Lowe brings what could be interpreted as the bad news of Hammond and Morway’s possibly stable immediate future in Milwaukee, he does bring to light news of an interesting new medical program in place in St. Francis.

It seems logical to assume most Bucks fans could be won over very quickly by the current front office group with a solid selection in the draft and the execution of a clear plan for Milwaukee’s future this summer. There’s been debate about how much influence Herb Kohl had over Hammond across the past few seasons as the team was stuck between rebuilding and competing, but with a new ownership group and the looming demand to compete at all costs prospectively removed from the equation, we may see exactly how John Hammond wants to run his team over the next few months.

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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  1. mb says:

    Typo in the last paragraph end of the first sentence.
    I feel as though we should keep Hammond for another year and see how he fares without Kohl behind him. He’s done well before, lets give him one last chance.

  2. Ronald Gordon says:

    I beg the new owners to not torture the Bucks fans and make us suffer through another year of Hammond and/or coach Drew! They had a clean slate b4 the season started and producedt the worst season in franchise history. These guys flat out stink and imI’m 100% sure they would blow this years lottery pick. If the new owners want to gain enough fan support to get SE Wisconsin to support a new stadium, THEY GOTTA SHOW THEY CARE ABOUT WINNING! If not, move the franchise to Seattle to somebody that does care.

    • Collin Domas says:

      While I understand your frustrations with this (I’m not sold on Drews either, in the middle with Hammond) Suggesting moving the team to Seattle is beyond stupid. We have to give it a chance with new ownership. Can’t get any worse. We have great young talent in Giannis, Knigh, and Henson. Now we need to have a possible franchise player and anchor for the team. To help everything come together. We’re one pick away from possibly receiving that. Don’t be too much of a debbie downer too fast is all I’m saying. Again give it up with the Seattle BS it’s not going to happen. At least not from Milwaukee. They had a team and failed to support them and lost them for a reason. Support your Bucks! Take some pride in your team and you never know we may soon be contenders again. If you’re a true fan then you stay a fan through the tough seasons. Nobody wants fair weather fans like all of the “Heat fans” now and the “Laker fans” from the early 2000′s.

      • Panchero says:

        Well said

      • Ronald Gordon says:

        Sorry but you’re talkin to a multiple season ticket holder, so u can’t challenge my allegiance to this team. And honestly the way I feel about the terrible gm we have doesn’t reflect how I feel about the new owners. Hammond sucks! His record proves it and he is the last person that should be trying to lead thenew owners. Period people are tired of a shitty team in downtown Milwaukee.

  3. L says:

    I for one hope the new owners keep the former NBA Executive of the Year John Hammond and his assistant David Morway going forward. As far as I’m concerned J.Hammond has been a pretty decent GM; sure he missed badly on his first draft (Joe Alexander – major bust), but it’s important to remember that he wasn’t on the job for very long (somewhere between a month to two) before having to make a selection in that draft and who knows how many staff members from that draft still even remain with the franchise as I’m sure he’s brought-in or hired “his own people” since then. Anyways, Hammond’s ability to draft NBA talent since then has been pretty good; he’s nab B.Jennings w/ the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, L.Sanders w/ the 15th pick in the 2010th draft, T.Harris who was selected 19th overall was acquired through some draft pick swapping in the 2011 draft, J.Henson w/ the 14th pick in the 2012 draft, and G.Antetokounmpo w/ the 15th pick in the 2013 draft. All of these first round players have shown to be quite capable NBA players which is good given where they’ve been selected at (middle of the first round), plus Hammond hasn’t been to bad at finding second round players with some talent and capability too. Now Hammond is presented his first opportunity with the franchise to select a premium top talent with the #2 selection and I’m pretty excited to see who we get (personally, I’m hoping that A.Wiggins doesn’t go #1 so we have an opportunity to make a choice on whether or not to draft him). Further evaluation of J.Hammond shows that while has also been quite capable of moving out some pretty bad contracts or bad player fits from the team in trades he’s also been susceptible to bringing in several bad contracts and players who don’t fit, so that kind of makes that aspect a wash; however, his most recent trade is by far his best move yet — jettisoning the expensive and underwhelming diva PG B.Jennings for the talented G B.Knight and SG,F K.Middleton — who are some real good foundation pieces. As far as the 2013 season, come on… everyone knew that the season wasn’t going to be successful and that the Bucks would likely be positioning themselves for a top pick in this talent loaded draft which they did by landing the #2 pick in the lottery; not to mention, the were ensured they couldn’t fall past #4 pick too.

    Coach L.Drew on the other hand is a completely different subject. I didn’t think he was the solution when they hired him, but given that the Bucks were likely to be tanking last year anyways and since Mike Budenholzer (who I thought should have been pursued strongly) was snapped up by the Hawks I realized that it didn’t really matter who the Bucks probably got. The Bucks will not be competing for a championship this coming year either so giving coach L.Drew another year to see if he can demonstrate that the team is improving under his guidance makes sense, but if the team fails to show any real competitiveness by season’s end probably seals his fate as coach. The good news would be that the Bucks would likely receive yet another top 10 talent (the draft is supposedly going to be loaded with Bigs next year) plus have a foundation of young talented players w/ a year or more of NBA experience under their belts that might be quite attractive to some of the better coaches that could potentially be available for hire — might we see the return of George Karl?