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Michael Redd set to return Friday after 14 months

Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 6:13 pm
 
Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd expects to play on Friday after missing more than a year after undergoing knee surgery. Posted by Ben Golliver.michael-redd

January 10, 2010. That's the last time Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd stepped on an NBA court. The Associated Press reports that could change on Friday, as Redd hopes to make his return after a lengthy rehabilitation following knee surgery.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd participated in practice Tuesday and is planning to play Friday in New York after missing the last 14 months following knee surgery. Redd says he feels great, but will not play in Milwaukee's game on Wednesday night against Sacramento.
Although it feels like forever and a half ago, Redd averaged more than 20 points per game every season from 2003-2004 until 2008-2009, when he injured the same left knee that he injured last season. 

At the peak of his powers, Redd was an excellent outside shooter who possessed the ability to score in a variety of ways. In other words, a legit No. 1 scoring option. The big questions now: after multiple knee surgeries and more than a year away from the game, how much does Redd have left and how quickly can he return to productivity given that there are only a few weeks left in the regular season?

One thing that's not a question: the Bucks are desperate and can use any offensive help they can get. Currently, the Bucks are 29th in the league in offensive efficiency, dead last in raw scoring and just 10 days removed from scoring only 56 (!) points in an entire game against the Boston Celtics. Despite that, Milwaukee is just two games back of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. As crazy as it might sound, given these circumstances, Redd could possibly be a difference-maker.

Don't get it twisted: I'm not setting a high bar for expectations. It's more than possible that the Bucks might be better off continuing with their current rotations rather than waiting for Redd to work his way into game shape. But it's reasonable to imagine a best-case scenario that sees Redd being a value-added situational spot-up jump shooter and floor-spacer off of Milwaukee's bench. With his contract expiring this season, he's got every motivation to show those around the league that he can still be serviceable in that role.

There is one major positive sign: the AP notes that Redd says he has lost 25 pounds, an amazing number given that he's only 6'6". That loss of weight will certainly make things easier on his knees and should let him get every ounce of mobility that he's got left. 

Given his age, 31, and the circumstances around the injuries, it's no small feat that Redd has made it this far. His return, whether or not it impacts Milwaukee's playoff chances, should be applauded regardless.
Category: NBA
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Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Michael Redd set to return Friday after 14 months

I'm REALLY pulling for Redd here.  As the previous poster said, he's a pure shooter.  It's not that I think they don't exist as much anymore, it's that they are overlooked.  Teams seem to want the guy who can do it all while pure shooting specialists sit on the bench or get passed by in the draft.



Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Michael Redd set to return Friday after 14 months

Excellent article by the way. It's good to be able to say that from time to time:)
Anyhow, Michael Redd is one of the last in what seems to be a dying breed. Pure shooters. It's sad really, very sad. Shooting is the most fundamental skill in basketball yet practically no one can do it well these days, even at the highest level. Because Redd wasn't a slasher, his body didn't take as much wear and tear as someone like Kobe Bryant would. Look at what happened to Tracy McGrady as he's aged. Actually McGrady's recent "comeback" albeit a minor development has been good to see as well. I remember Redd all the way back from his day at Ohio St. when he was in the same backcourt as the great Scooney Penn. Everyone loves a comeback, especially when it involves a premium player such as Michael Redd. At least you know he hasn't lost his shot and that's what made it possible for him to put up superstar offensive numbers for many years. People tend to forget that Redd is one of the most productive offensive players of his generation. 31 isn't old. Plus, being a shooter will prolong his career anyway. The only thing I disagree with in the article is the authors opinion that Redd won't "automatically" be a mainstay again. Believe me, he will and it will be done in short order.


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