NBA Offseason Buzz: Milwaukee Bucks
Rookie point guard could frustrate Skiles, but process will be fun to watch
No team has strip-mined its roster to avoid paying the luxury tax as severely as the Bucks. They essentially dealt Richard Jefferson for expiring contracts and let a promising young point guard, Ramon Sessions, walk rather than pay him or take something back in return. Who's left? A bunch of lightning-in-a-bottle prospects, guys who have shown glimmers of being special -- Carlos Delfino, Roko Ukic and Hakim Warrick, rookie Brandon Jennings -- but haven't quite put it together.
All of which puts a monstrous burden on two vets, center Andrew Bogut and guard Michael Redd, who are returning from injuries. Coach Scott Skiles has a knack for squeezing surprising results out of undermanned rosters -- for a while, anyway -- but those have been teams full of talent-light, effort-heavy players. No one has ever put Bogut or Redd in that category, but both they and the team say their injuries have inspired previously untapped dedication. They'd better have, or this promises to be one long winter.
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2009 NBA OFFSEASON BUZZ
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