Tag:Milwaukee Bucks
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:25 pm

Bogut out 8-12 weeks with ankle injury

Bogut will miss most of the rest of the season with an ankle injury. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Andrew Bogut can't catch a break. Bad choice of words. But you know what I mean.

The Bucks announced Friday that Bogut suffered a left ankle fracture that will sideline him for 8-12 weeks. Which is essentially the rest of Milwaukee's season. If he were to return on the optimistic side of that, he's be back in late March.

Bogut was injured in Wednesday night’s win at Houston (January 25) when his left foot landed awkwardly on a Rockets player’s foot after attempting to block a shot in the first period.  In 12 games this season, Bogut averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and a team-high 2.0 blocked shots in 30.0 minutes per contest.

Basically, the Bucks are in big trouble without their big man. Last season, Bogut had to try and overcome a horrific elbow injury that happened late in 2010. As a result, the Bucks weren't anywhere as good as they should've been.

And with the bottom of the East up for grabs, Bogut could've really helped Milwaukee get in position to make a strong playoff run. But now without him, they are going to be on the fringes.

Rookie Jon Leuer will get a lot of time as well as Drew Gooden, but there's no way you can replace a player as skilled defensively and offensively as Bogut. He was just now kind of recovering completely from the elbow thing and now his ankle gets broken. Bogut has been pretty unlucky these past few seasons and by extension, so have the Bucks.
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:04 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 7:11 pm

Bucks C Andrew Bogut (ankle) out indefinitely

Bogut sustained another ankle injury Wednesday night. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver

Update (7:05 p.m.): The MIlwaukee Bucks announced on Thursday that starting center Andrew Bogut underwent an MRI on his left ankle, which revealed a fracture that is going to keep him out "indefinitely." The Journal Times reports that "indefinitely" means that Bogut will miss at least two weeks.

Bogut is averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 blocks per game this season. The Bucks are currently 7-10 on the season.

Original Post:

In another in a continuing theme this week, struggling teams who have started to put it together suffering significant injuries to their best player, Milwuakee Bucks center Andrew Bogut suffered yet another injury Wednesday night, and he's afraid how the diagnostic tests could wind up on this one. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
After the game, Bogut sat in front of his locker with a grimace on his face and a large black boot on his left foot.

"It wasn't good," Bogut said. "I knew when I came down I was in some trouble. Keeping optimistic, everything's fine with the X-ray, but that's to be expected. I know I didn't break a bone."

But tomorrow's the day of reckoning where I go under the MRI machine and find out my fate."

The best-case scenario would be a severely sprained ankle, but even that would be likely to sideline Bogut for a week or more.

"I'm not optimistic. With my history of unlucky injuries I'm hoping this one can do me a favor and go away. Most of my injuries are unfortunate things and this goes in the same boat as that. It's frustrating."
via Bogut fears worst with latest injury - JSOnline.

 That sound you hear is Bucks fans lining up at the booze counter to forget their troubles. 

Um, at least it wasn't a horrifying elbow injury that makes you wish you'd never see it ever? (Note: Do not click that link. Not safe for anyone, ever.)

Bogut's comments have to have you concerned. Any basketball player knows what a sprain feels like, they've had severe ones regularly, it's unavoidable. The fact that Bogut's talking about it being worse than that, despite the X-ray being negative, is just not a good sign at all. That implies ligament damage, and Bogut's had enough injuries (for ten men) to know how that feels.

Without him, the Bucks season implodes. They've just recently started winning, with some more efficiency from Brandon Jennings and better overall offense. But Bogut is the glue that holds it together. They can't really justify blowing the roster up, but it will be the fouth year where they don't know how good they would be if healthy. But keeeping it together seems like a waste of opportunity as well. Hopefully Bogut's feelings aren't in line with his injury and it's a minor problem. 

The watch begins.

(HT: SLAMOnline)
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:53 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 5:04 pm

Report: Vin Baker sues adviser over $86 M losses

Vin Baker is reportedly suing a financial adviser over millions in losses. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

Vin Baker's nickname might as well be "cautionary tale."

After making four All-Star games and earning more than $97 million during a 13-year NBA career, it's been nothing but financial hardship since his retirement in 2006.

Baker has owed more than a million dollars in back taxes to Connecticut, according to NBCConnecticut.com, he's had foreclosures on multiple properties, according to CNBC.com, and now he's reportedly suing his long-time financial adviser for allegedly squandering his fortune.

CourthouseNews.com reports that the 1993 lottery pick has taken legal action against Brodeur & Co. Certified Public Accountants because he believes the company mismanaged his finances between 1997 and 2009.
Retired NBA All-Star Vincent Baker claims his financial adviser lost nearly all of his $86 million nest egg through negligent investments.

Baker says: "During the time that Brodeur and B&C acted as Baker's manager, virtually all of Baker's earnings were spent and/or his investments lost all or nearly all of their value, such that Baker's home was foreclosed and he was forced to liquidate substantial assets for little or no value, leaving him without resources to meet his financial obligations and living expenses."

Baker claims that Brodeur and his firm breached their duties to him "through inadequate oversight and/or failure to implement systems to track sources of money and discourage fraud ... inadequate accounting ... inadequate reporting ... mismanaging Baker's assets, upon information and belief, through commingling of funds and the use of personal credit cards ... by mismanaging Baker's assets, upon information and belief, through transactions with Brodeur and B&C's manager's friends and family; and ... through transactions with Brodeur and B&C's managers, affiliates, business associated, and like entities."
Courant.com reports that Baker admitted to problems with alcohol abuse in a 2010 interview. He was arrested on DUI charges in 2007.

Baker, now 40, averaged 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during a career that included stops with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 4:42 pm

Skiles suspends Stephen Jackson for missing bus

Posted by Ben Golliver stephen-jackson-mil

In the most predictable event of the 2011-2012 season, hard-headed Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles has reportedly suspended the equally hard-headed Stephen Jackson for Friday night's game against the Knicks in New York because his guard missed the team's bus.

The Journal-Sentinel reports that Jackson was benched during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's loss to the Denver Nuggets and then wasn't on the bus for shootaround on Friday. The team told the paper the absence was "unexcused."

Jackson's comments after going 0-for-6 against Denver seemed a bit defensive.
"If they want to blame it on somebody, I'll take the blame," said Jackson, who finished with two points on 0-of-6 shooting in 17 minutes.

"I guess they expected me to spaz out and go crazy, but it's too late in the game for that. I don't know what they were trying to prove. When he (Skiles) didn't play me, my thoughts were to support the young fellas and support everybody out there and try to get this win.

"If they want to make it personal, they can. I'm used to it."
Jackson, 33, is off to a rough start in Milwaukee.

Traded by the Charlotte Bobcats to the Bucks in a 3-team deal on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft, Jackson is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, his worst numbers in nine years. He's made it known publicly that a contract extension is "mandatory" and he's admitted that he checked out on the Bobcats last season after they traded forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers at the trade deadline. Meanwhile, the Bucks are on a 3-game losing streak and in fourth place in the Central Division with a record of 4-9.

Poor individiual play, losing, combative coach: all the elements are there for an explosion. Unfortunately for the Bucks, Jackson's contract runs through 2012-2013, so this situation has plenty of time to boil over.

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk

Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:29 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 5:32 pm

Dunleavy could miss a month with groin injury

Posted by Ben Gollivermike-dunleavy-jr

The injuries continue to add up just a few weeks into the NBA season.

The Milwaukee Bucks announced on Tuesday that Mike Dunleavy, Jr. could miss up to a month with a groin injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 30.
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following medical update on guard Mike Dunleavy (6-9, 230): After consulting with Bucks team physicians, Mike Dunleavy (groin pain) should be participating in full basketball activity in approximately two-to-four weeks. Including tonight’s game vs. San Antonio, Dunleavy has missed the last six games due to the condition. In three games this season, Dunleavy has averaged 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 30.3 minutes per game.
Dunleavy, 31, started Milwaukee's first three games before going down with the injury. In Dunleavy's absence, Milwaukee has started Carlos Delfino.

The Bucks added Dunleavy during the preseason free agency period, inking him to a 2-year deal worth a reported $7.5 million. Now in his 10th NBA season, he previously played for the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. After playing in all 82 games during the 2007-2008 season, he's struggled to stay on the court, playing just 59 percent of Indiana's games over the last three seasons.

A 2-week absence would cause Dunleavy to miss eight games; a 4-week absence could mean 17 missed games, or roughly one quarter of this year's condensed season. Milwaukee is currently 2-6, a half-game out of the Central Division basement.

Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:39 pm

NBA Power Rankings: Breakdown, Takedown Vol. 4

Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver


The 2011-2012 NBA season continues to skip along. Here's the fourth weekly installment of CBSSports.com's NBA Power Rankings by Eye On Basketball's Matt Moore.

What did he get right? What did he get wrong? We're here to break it down and take it down.

1. Too High: Milwaukee Bucks at No. 20. The Bucks are one of those teams that you actually notice when they score. Because it doesn't happen with great regularity. Yet somehow despite a 2-6 record and five straight losses (without Andrew Bogut, mind you), the Bucks No. 20? Their schedule isn't overly difficult and their two wins are against the Wolves and Wizards. Not a whole lot to convince anyone that team is very good. -- RY 

2. Too Low: Houston Rockets at No. 27. The fourth worst team in the league? Really? Worse than the dysfunctional Kings, the raw Cavs and the frustrating Warriors? Yeah, they're 2-6 which is tied for last in the West, but they haven't had any easy road thus far. They've played multiple games without Kyle Lowry who is off to an All-Star caliber start and they're schedule has been brutal. Of their eight games, they've played seven against teams in the playoffs last season with the eighth being against the Clippers. The Rockets might be losing, but they haven't had a fair shake of the schedule quite yet. -- RY

3. Most Overrated: Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 16. Sure, it's basketball aficionado sacrilege to talk mess about the Minnesota Timberwolves right now, what with their internationally-acclaimed rookie point guard impressing beyond all reasonable expectations and the young core finally starting to develop. There are still baseline standards to fulfill, though, and Minnesota remains in the Northwest Division basement, trailing the fourth place Denver Nuggets by 2.5 games already. Their 3-6 record includes losses to the dismal Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. -- BG

4. Most Overlooked: Utah Jazz at No. 18. Utah deserves to be where Minnesota was ranked, if not a touch higher, after slapping together a 4-game winning streak completely out of nowhere. The Jazz have been a perennial playoff team by exploiting their massive homecourt advantage to full effect, and they still haven't lost at Energy Solutions Arena this year, a promising sign even if they still lack a signature win. This team seemed destined for chaos and/or rebuilding after a 1-3 start; instead, they're back in the playoff picture, at least for now. -- BG

5. Sure Thing: New York Knicks at No. 14. The Knicks are right where they need to be. They've been frustratingly average. Even in beating Charlotte at home Monday, they flirted with disaster. There isn't a lot from the Knicks yet that show they're a real contender in the East. Tyson Chandler is nice, but do they honestly look that improved defensively? They have enough talent to win games and stay in the playoff hunt, but who would you take them to beat in a seven-game playoff series in the East? Would you even take them to beat the Sixers or Pacers right now? -- RY

6. Wild Card: Los Angeles Clippers at No. 12. Every other team in the NBA has played at least eight games. Some have already played 10. The Clippers, meanwhile, have played just six through Monday. How does that make sense? It doesn't, and it also gives us significantly less evidence to determine how legit the Clippers are with their division-leading 4-2 record. They grade out exceedingly well offensively and below-average -- but not terrible -- defensively, so there's a decent chance they can make a push towards perennial top-10 status assuming they can avoid injuries. Then again, their wins have come against Portland, who played incredibly flat, and three teams destined for the lottery. -- BG
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:45 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 5:57 pm

Jackson: 'I really left' after Wallace trade

Posted by Ben Golliverwallace-jackson

Trade my friend? OK, cool. I'll just throw in the towel.

That was the attitude adopted last season by then Charlotte Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson. According to Jackson.

Now with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jackson admitted to Charlotte.com that he mailed in the final 25 games of the season after the Bobcats traded forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers for draft picks and expiring contracts.
“When Gerald left, I really left,’’ Jackson said at morning shootaround at Time Warner Cable Arena.

“Considering what we did (getting to) the playoffs, and then all those changes. To take Gerald away really took a lot out of me. I still was trying to do my job as best I can, but it was a lot harder. When they got rid of Gerald, that let me know they didn’t want to win. I didn’t want to be part of a place like that.’’
The Bobcats were 25-32 at the time of the trade and 9-16 after the trade deadline move that brought over injured center Joel Przybilla and second-year forward Dante Cunningham from Portland.

Keep in mind, this is the same Jackson who told Milwaukee media less than three weeks ago that there is nothing that can stop him from competing, not even a gunshot. Bucksketball.com with the quotes.
“If guys come in here not focused on a championship, just making the playoffs, we need to trade them. We need to be talking about championship and nothin’ else. You can’t limit yourself to just playoffs. Who wants to do that? Playoffs is not really an achievement to me. Anybody can get to the playoffs.”

“If I’m shot, I’ma get stitched and play the next game. I got hit by a car and played two days later.”
Jackson also claimed not to know that there was a lockout because he was attending to his rap career.
“Was there a lockout? I don’t know, I wasn’t even watching the news, I wasn’t affected by the lockout, I don’t have money problems. Yeah I wasn’t playing basketball, but I can’t control that. I was doing my music stuff at the time.”
The polite way to react to these statements is to say that what you see is what you get with Jackson. No minced words or trite comments, that's for sure.

Jackson was paid $8.5 million for the 2010-2011 season and was designated a team captain, so his honesty curries no favor. Without question, the Wallace trade was a move for the future and a signal that owner Michael Jordan was headed in a different direction. It's reasonable that Jackson took the news harder than anyone else in the locker room. But he still cashed the game checks and he still donned the uniform. Acknowledging that he checked out for nearly two months of an NBA season is a slap in the face to Charlotte's fans, whether he realizes that or not.

The good news: there's absolutely no second-guessing Bobcats new GM Rich Cho, who shipped Jackson to the Bucks on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft. Charlotte is in store for a burn-it-down rebuild that could take years before the team is in contention for the playoffs again. If Jackson couldn't handle two months without Wallace, imagine how the next two seasons would have played out.

He's your problem now, Milwaukee.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 5:53 pm

2011-12 NBA Season: Central Division Preview

Posted by Royce Young

We're less than a week away from the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season. After an interminable lockout and a rushed free agency period, here's a first look division-by-division preview at how the league is shaping up. We continue with the Central Division.

2011 Standings:
Chicago Bulls, 62-20, lost Eastern Conference Finals to Miami Heat
Indiana Pacers, 37-45, lost in first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs to Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks, 35-47, NBA Draft lottery
Detroit Pistons, 30-52, NBA Draft lottery
Cleveland Cavaliers, 20-62, NBA Draft lottery

Best team: Chicago Bulls

The Central really is left to the Bulls. It's their division for the next number of years and it's really hard to see anyone challenging that strongly. The Pacers are better than the 37-win team they were a season ago, but David West isn't going to make that much of a difference.

It's really more of a question of how much better the Bulls are than everyone else. Meaning, can they have this division locked up by the end of March? February even? And after that happens, it's about playoff seeding and home court advantage. This Bulls team has big goals in mind. They fell short in the Eastern Finals, but they're a year older and Derrick Rose has now tasted the sting of failure. This team will be driven and hungry to avenge last season's shortcomings, but it's just a matter of if they can beat the Heat.

Worst team: Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs will be the Central's worst squad again, but not The Worst, like they were last season. They aren't going to set any record losing streaks. They aren't going to flirt with the worst record in basketball history. They probably won't even flirt with the worst record in the Eastern Conference. But this is a group in a total rebuild. The rubble is still smoldering from "The Decision" and the franchise hasn't completely recovered. There are questions: Is Kyrie Irving a franchise player; is Tristan Thompson worth his draft slot; is Anderson Varejao's hair self-aware -- these are the things the Cavs will have to start answering before they begin the climb out of the hole and back into the postseason.

Biggest surprise: Detroit Pistons

I want to just say that the Pistons aren't a playoff team and move on. But here's the thing: This is the Eastern Conference. The conference where teams five games under .500 make the playoffs. The conference where if you win 30 games in this shortened season, it might be enough. The Pacers used this formula to get a postseason series with the Bulls and it feels like the Pistons could be next in line to make a small push. It's not a terrible core in Detroit: Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Greg Monroe, Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince. Is that a good team? No, not really. But if 30 wins could be enough for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons might have just enough to claw their way in.

Three Best Players: Derrick Rose, Danny Granger, Joakim Noah

Do I need to explain why Derrick Rose is in this list? No, no I don't. But after him, there's really a lack of talent in the Central. Danny Granger is a good player and a former All-Star, but it feels a bit funny to have him listed as one of the three best players in a division.

It feels really funny to have Noah listed as one. But honestly, who else would you put there? Andrew Bogut, a guy still playing with one arm? Carlos Boozer? Brandon Jennings? Kyrie Irving? There's just not a lot of household names in the Central. Rose is a star among stars, but after him, pickings get slim. Noah is a supreme defender, excellent rebounder and makes a major difference on both sides of the floor because of his energy. When a guy impacts games as much as him, he has to be recognized for being a great player. It's not pretty like a Rose up-and-under or a Granger pull-up jumper, but Noah gets the job done and is an anchor for the league's best defense.

Biggest Question: Will Richard Hamilton really make that much of a difference for Chicago?

The Bulls were hunting a shooting guard. They wanted Jamal Crawford, didn't get him. They wanted J.R. Smith, can't get him. They wanted Arron Afflalo, couldn't afford him. They settled on Richard Hamilton, who was bought out by the Pistons and you know what, they might have gotten a steal in free agency.

Hamilton fills their need of providing a player that can score on his own, take pressure off Rose and add an extra much-needed dimension to the Chicago offense. Luol Deng is a nice third scorer, but he can't carry the weight of being the No. 2 option. Same goes for Carlos Boozer. Last season's playoff success for Chicago depended on two things: 1) Can Rose take over the game and 2) if he can't, can Kyle Korver or someone else make every 3-pointer they shoot? After that it was just about the Bulls trying to survive by dominating the glass or holding a team to 45 points or something. Hamilton will help alleviate some of that pressure. But it's just a question of if it's enough.

2012 Projected Standings:
1. Chicago Bulls
2. Indiana Pacers
3. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Detroit Pistons
5. Cleveland Cavaliers

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