Now usually on this blog I keep it fairly footloose and fancy free. Throw a few jokes around, a couple of cheesy one-liners and maybe make fun of Dwight Howard’s post game for a while. This piece though, I’ve gone in a different direction. The story of Larry Sanders and his leaving of the NBA, indefinitely, made me stand up and take notice. To me, it is a story that needs attention. Today Larry’s story has my attention and I hope it can grab your attention as well. (more…)
Tag: Milwaukee Bucks
The Clippers have been the team to beat in Los Angeles in recent times. Undoubtedly one of the more entertaining teams to watch in the NBA, and a class above their older brothers across the hall since the later’s title run in 2010. While the Clippers have never reached the giddy heights they so desire, they have made their mark as a team on the rise in the league after years of mediocrity and failure. But they’ve never managed to get over the hump, and their latest move has brought up some very interesting view points of the current state of the franchise.
Milwaukee Bucks Rookie Jabari Parker has informed teammates of a torn ACL in his left knee sustained during an awkward drive in the paint against the Suns yesterday, per Y! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Parker, the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft, has been averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and is also second in field goal percentage (.490), helping the Bucks clamber back towards playoffs relevancy.
The young forward will now miss the rest of the 2014/15 NBA season. We wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.
Update 01/07/2014: In news this morning, Jason Kidd has officially been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks by the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for two second round draft picks. Despite earlier reports, there has been no mention of Kidd’s role being anything more than a head coaching role, with speculation about a job in the front office still unconfirmed.
Milwaukee have fired ex-head coach Larry Drew to make way for the incoming Kidd.
Following yesterday’s shock report that Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd would step away from his role with the team after being denied to chance to become head of basketball operations, it has become apparent that a similar deal is now close with Eastern rivals the Milwaukee Bucks.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports has detailed that the breakdown in the relationship between the Nets and Kidd has been brewing for some time, but that Kidd’s desire for control was ultimately the undoing of ties between the two parties, inciting a change of scenery for the controversial first year coach.
Another reason for the rift between management and coach is said to be Kidd’s distaste with fellow first year coaches Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr being offered more lucrative deals by their respective teams than was the case with his deal last year.
As a result, a deal is said to be close between the Nets and Bucks which would compensate Brooklyn (somewhat) for the loss of it’s coach, while also seeing Kidd become the Head of Basketball Operations in Milwaukee. The deal is said to include two second round draft picks, but there is little known beyond that at this point.
It remains to be seen how Kidd will perform in a leading role, but with a bad reputation, zero front office experience and a penchant for alienating his co-workers, it’s hard to be optimistic for him.
Ex-Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is said to be next in line for the job at Brooklyn once the Kidd deal is done.
The story continues to unfold.
Carlos Boozer is a player who invokes heated discussion amongst NBA and Bulls fans alike but it’s not the Bulls power forward who will be gracing the pages of NBA Nation Australia in this piece, no, it will be the Bulls original Boozer, Bob Boozer.
The Chicago Bulls were welcomed into the National Basketball Association at the start of the 1966-67 season and amongst its inaugural players was one Bob Boozer.
Boozer was a 6’8, 215 pound forward from Omaha, Nebraska and was born on the 26th April, 1937.
He played his college ball for Kansas State University where he was a two time All-American in 1958 and 1959. He went on to play for the gold medal winning United States Olympic team at the 1960 Rome games alongside greats such as Jerry West and Oscar Robertson. The team won eight games in Rome by an average of 42.4 points!
Boozer’s NBA career began in the 1960-61 season when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals as the number one overall pick. He went on to average 8.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game his rookie season.
Boozer spent the next five seasons playing for the Royals, Knicks and Lakers before he was drafted in the NBA’s expansion draft in 1966. The expansion draft saw the Bulls able to pick 18 players from all NBA teams to fill their roster in their first ever season. Each team was able to ‘protect’ seven of their players from being drafted by the Bulls. Boozer was selected from the Los Angeles Lakers after posting 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in the 1965-66 NBA season.
The Bulls first season in the NBA would be the catalyst for Boozer’s rise to an elite NBA player and one that is forever ingrained in Bulls folklore.
The Chicago Bulls went on to win their first three games as a franchise and would go on to a playoff appearance in their first year on the big stage. Boozer led the team in scoring at 18 points per game along with point guard Guy Rodgers, who also averaged 18.
The 1967-68 season began disastrously for Chicago as they dropped nine straight but it was Boozer and Jerry Sloan who would help break the drought for them in a game against the Seattle Supersonics on the 31st October 1967. The Lewiston Evening Journal had this to say on Boozer’s impact on the game.
“The Chicago Bulls have finally won their first game in the National Basketball Association this season after nine straight defeats. They beat Seattle 119-105 Thursday night in the only game scheduled.
The Bulls came from behind against Seattle on a neutral court at Spokane. Bob Boozer and Jerry Sloan sparked a 25-10 Chicago burst in the last seven minutes.
Boozer finished with 29 points.”
The 1967-68 season was to become Boozer’s best season in the NBA as he averaged 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting a career high 49.2% from the field. He also made his only All Star appearance that same year.
He would spend a total of three seasons playing for the Bulls and they would turn out to be his best years statistically as he averaged 20.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in that time.
In 1969 he was traded to the Seattle Supersonics where he played one year before going to the Milwaukee Bucks for the 1970-71 season.
The Bucks won the title that season behind the stellar play of a young Lew Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and The Big O, Oscar Robertson. Boozer played an integral part in the championship winning team, playing 20.2 minutes per game in the playoffs and averaging 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the post-season.
Boozer retired after the championship winning season with Milwaukee at the age of 33. He would return to his hometown of Omaha Nebraska, working as a telephone company executive and later working at a home for troubled youth.
He passed away on May the 19th, 2012 at the age of 75. He will be remembered as an integral part of the early days of Chicago Bulls basketball and a damn fine player with a hook shot to match.
LeBron James has 30 of them. The great Michael Jordan managed 28 in his illustrious career. The Triple Double is a rare feat on the basketball court. Only one player in the history of the game has managed to average a triple double in the one season; that man was Oscar Robertson.
Following the departure of Bucks Point Guard Brandon Jennings to Detroit, the Bucks found themselves signing free agent guard Gary Neal & first round pick Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Neal finds himself with a 2 year deal said to be worth close to $6 million. Despite him always having a supporting role at the San Antonio Spurs, Neal was a pivotal piece in the Spurs arsenal in the recent playoffs and was never going to be too difficult finding himself a deal.
Over the 3 years in San Antonio, Neal averaged 9.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Neal was said to have been delighted with the deal and chose Milwaukee after the ‘prospects of being a more featured player for the Bucks made it an easy decision’.
The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a sign and trade which will see guard Brandon Jennings head to the Detroit Pistons on a 3-year, $24 million deal, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports this morning. As part of the trade the Pistons will send Brandon Knight to Milwaukee along with Slava Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton. Jennings, who shot a touch under 40% last season for the Bucks has long been searching for a contract which would guarantee him big money and a leading role, but so far had not been able to land a deal and it was becoming more likely that he would remain with Milwaukee will at least the end of the 2013/14 season.
The Pistons, who recently added forward Josh Smith to the roster, will be looking for Brandon Jennings to improve his efficiency after giving him about $4 million under what the point guard was asking. They’ll likely play him at shooting guard due to the signing of Chauncey Billups earlier in free agency, with the remainder of the starting lineup consisting of Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond anchoring the paint. The bench is also rounded out by the inclusion of Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum and rookie Peyton Siva.
Brandon Jennings averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in 80 games for the Bucks last season.
Free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis has finally found a new home, after agreeing to a 3-year, $28 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Ellis, who had been gauging interest from various teams since opting out of his deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, finally settled on a deal which will see him relocate for the second time in three years, this time to the great state of Texas.
The 27-year old’s numbers took a small hit in Milwaukee, scoring an average of 17 and 19 points per game respectively in his two years with the Bucks, in comparison to a 22 point average across 7 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, bringing his career average down to 19.4 points per game. He shot 40.1% from the floor in 2012/13, and his shooting from beyond the arc fell to 28.1%.
Despite this slight dip in offensive numbers, and his struggles on defense this past season, the interest in Ellis has remained high. It’s no secret that he is a dominant offensive player, will be hugely valuable on the scoring end for the Mavericks, and should work well in the pick and roll with Dirk Nowitzki and fellow new recruit Jose Calderon to create scoring opportunities for the new look Mavericks.
As per Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports, a three-way trade has this morning taken place that includes the LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. According to Woj, the Clippers have shipped out back up point guard Eric Bledsoe and role playing forward Caron Butler to the Suns, who will send back small forward Jared Dudley. The Clippers will also receive agile shooting guard JJ Redick from the Bucks who will gain two future second round picks in the trade.
This trade benefits both teams and instantly help the benches become even deeper with the Clippers finally getting a stretch-two guard in Redick who will space the floor and provide some great floor space. Redick posted a season average of 14.1 points last season in Milwaukee, while Jared Dudley can also provide 10 points a game off the bench. The Suns will need to make a decision about what to do with Goran Dragic as it is well known Bledsoe has been looking for a starting role. That remains to be seen, but they also have a new three point shooting forward in Caron Butler to give them even greater scoring power. Something Phoenix has lacked a lot of in recent years. Lastly in the trade, the Bucks will gain two future second round picks.
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