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Well that didn’t take long.

One day after I said Houston would stand pat at least for two days, they are back in the trade market, reportedly agreeing to trade Samuel Dalembert and the No. 14 pick to Milwaukee in exchange for the No. 12 pick, Shaun Livingston, Jon Brockman and Jon Leuer.

It is of the utmost importance to state that Samuel Dalembert is the best player in this deal, and by quite a long way. It is also of the utmost importance to establish that, one way or another, Houston wasn’t keeping him beyond this summer. Dalembert was signed to a two-year deal that had less than 25 percent guaranteed this season for a reason: to make him tradeable at this time of the season. It is not a surprise, therefore, that he was traded this week.

What is a surprise is what he was dealt for. Dalembert, a legitimately decent starting center in the NBA, was just traded for two backups, one spare part, and a move-up of two spots in tomorrow’s draft. Considering his production (8/7/2 in 22 minutes per game) and relative contract value (signed for $6,698,565 next year, only $1.5 million of which is guaranteed), you’d think he’d garner more than that, be it as a player or as a contract. Alas, it seems that he has not.

What Houston absolutely and totally did not need was more fringe players. What they got was more fringe players. Shaun Livingston’s sporadic career has crescendoed with a couple of solid years of bench play. However, he only has value to this Houston team if Goran Dragic is not retained. (And since Dragic is better than Livingston, Shaun’s arrival should not prevent this.) Meanwhile, Leuer is coming off the back of a pretty good rookie campaign, yet still only projects to be somewhere between Eduardo Najera and Jared Jeffries, a solid rotational player with little projectability. He too is a “he’s not bad” caliber player, the kind of player you wouldn’t mind having on your team, but feel no envy at not having them either. As we’ve seen, Houston pretty much only has players like that.

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When you are a millionaire basketball player — and yes, even Jon Brockman is a millionaire — you have to find new things to do to occupy your time once the season is over. You can’t work out all the time, unless you want your legs to explode. Sometimes you have to other things like wear a fitted, one-piece sweatsuit that’s called a Swagga Suit or drive a tiny go-kart around like it’s no big deal.

These are just a few different ways that NBA players can relax during the offseason. Driving a go-kart is a fun way to blow off steam and wearing a University of Washington branded Swagga Suit is just a great way to get cozy and settle down with a nice book. We all have different ways of chillin’ and these are some that you could maybe incorporate in to your life. Maybe combine the Swagga Suit with the go-kart and really live it up. It’s your life.

A few more shots of Jon Brockman modeling the Swagga Suit after the jump because they will make you so happy.

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Congratulations to the lucky couple but I must say that this is a very weird proposal plan. Don’t you think his fiancée was a wee bit suspicious when they were the only ones sitting courtside in an empty arena and basketball just kept rolling over? Seems like a pretty obvious setup to me.

But hey, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is literally a prince, so this is probably the closest this lady will ever get to having a royal wedding. Hard to beat that, even if the engagement video is soundtracked by some wack post-grunge band.

(via I Am a GM)

Kyle Korver’s legendary photo will always be the industry thought leader of bad defense pictures, but this is still pretty good. I’d put it up there with Chris Bosh helping Rajon Rondo dunk on him and the second Korver photo as far as the pantheon goes, but we all have our opinions.

Of course, when you consider this photo was taken on the same night Drew horribly airballed two wide-open jumpers, that might help it climb up the rankings. But that’s all dependent on how you feel about cross-pollinating offense and defense when ranking things. Your call on that one.

Drew Gooden had a triple-double last night. As Skeets mentioned in today’s show, it’s an event that comes once a year and is celebrated all around the globe like Punxsutawney Phil popping his head out of his tiny groundhog house. “Oh, Drew Gooden had his annual triple-double last night? Cool. Let’s order some Thai food.” That is basically the conversation everyone has when Drew Gooden fills up the stat sheet. It’s noted, it’s cool but no one really cares.

Except for Drew Gooden. He really cares a lot, obviously. He cares so much that he wants us all to understand that this is something he could do all the time if he wanted to. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings joked that Gooden likes to play point guard during the summer.

“That’s all I play, every summer,” Gooden said with a laugh. “Believe it or not, I like to pass. I pass up some shots too much to try to make the extra play or the home run play.

“Some nights it works out for me like tonight. I think it’s becoming contagious. All of us are swinging the ball, making the extra pass and converting. That’s the most important thing is finishing the play.”

Duh, guys — Drew Gooden is a pass-first point guard in a shoot-first power forward’s body covered with tattoos and experimental facial hair. You can tell that’s the truth by his stunning 1.2 assists per game mark through his career, the way he has two career games with 10 or more assists and has seen a whopping 7.5 percent of his used possessions have ended with an assist. Believe it or not — and I am recommending that you DO NOT believe it — Drew Gooden likes to pass. Loves it.

That being said, just because he actually had a double-digit assist game doesn’t mean he should be passing all the time. In fact, one of his teammates thinks he should maybe take a break. From the AP:

“Some nights he’s tragic, some nights he’s magic,” Mike Dunleavy joked. “Tonight, he was magic, with a little tragic sprinkled in. Five turnovers? I mean, come on.”

Oh come on, Mike Dunleavy. Let him enjoy this. Drew Gooden has played 652 games and a grand total of two of them have ended with enough assists that he can brag about his passing skillz. I know he is not actually a guy who likes to pass — he is 32nd in the league in shot attempts per 36 minutes, ahead of Blake Griffin, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyreke Evans and J.R. Smith — but just let him have this.

Let him brag about his point guard abilities and how his passing inspired his teammates and how he passes up shots even though he could take them. Good luck finding examples of this, but sure. From now on, Drew Gooden wants you to know that he is the NBA’s premier point forward, finally wresting that crown from Boris Diaw. It’s not the most prestigious title, but Anthony Mason would be proud.

When the Warriors signed Kwame Brown to a one year, $6.75 million deal this offseason, we laughed for a bit, and then looked at the logic for why they did it.

This logic was threefold. Firstly, it helped the Warriors shore up their and the league’s weakest position with a capable veteran, vital for a team like the Wariors that genuinely thinks it can (and should) make the playoffs, and gave the team its first starting center-who-is-actually-a-center-not-Anthony-Tolliver since Andris Biedrins went into the tank. Secondly, the one year nature of the deal kept alive cap space aspirations for next summer, which, in light of the unsuccesful cap space aspirations this summer, was going to give Golden State yet another chance at that elusive center. And thirdly, they could use his expiring contract to trade for Dwight Howard! Or someone like that.

The latter actually happened. There’ll be no cap space now, nor any more Dwight pipe dreams; apparently, Andrew Bogut will be the answer to the profound, endless, big man problems.

There’s a case to be made for that. When healthy, he is the answer. When healthy, Bogut is the second-best defensive big in the game, a shot-blocking, charge-taking, rebounding, rotating, always-in-the-right-placing anchor in the middle who, notwithstanding lacking any sort of shot from outside the paint, helps on the offensive end too with passing vision and strong left-handed finishing. When healthy, he’s also one of the better offensive centers, and all this for a highly competitive $12 million (pre-trade kicker) per season. When healthy.

But Bogut isn’t healthy. Not now, not for any of the last four full seasons, and not ever truly healthy again.

Because of this, the Warriors take an unashamedly massive gamble. They have invested heavily in the idea that a healthy David Lee/Andrew Bogut frontcourt is a very, very good frontcourt around which to build a playoff caliber team. And they’re right. It would be. But “would” is a highly speculative word. Much to all of our loss, Bogut has not been the player he was. While most of it has been sheer bad luck, that bad luck has compounded to create a wounded body that will never be quite right ever again, ever more susceptible to further injury. And it just keeps on coming. Andrew Bogut gets hurt a lot. Some guys just do.

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Monta Ellis

What a fun trade this is! Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Milwaukee Bucks have traded Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors in return for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown.

For the past three-and-a-half seasons, Monta Ellis has been the honorary captain of my “Players I Love to Watch But Wouldn’t Actually Want on My Team All-Star Team”. The cat can score and swipe the rock in bunches, but he’s inefficient offensively, mostly ineffective defensively, and simply didn’t fit next to Stephen Curry in the long-term plans of the Warriors. His talent is undeniable, but he was wasting away on a franchise that is spinning its wheels and he deserves a shot at contributing on a potential playoff team like the Bucks.

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