A couple of small items this morning on the ESPN NBA rumor pages. The season starts tonight and I cannot remember this much anticipation for a Bucks season in almost a decade.
Jennings Wants To Avoid Soph Slump
Brandon Jennings had a very good rookie season, much better than even the most optimistic fans could have hoped for. The key now is not only improvement but how much he is able to improve.
Brandon Jennings had a terrific rookie season for the Bucks. He started every game the team played last year and he had the epic 55 point outburst against Golden State. Many players follow up a solid first season with the dreaded sophomore slump and that’s something Jennings will try to avoid.
“I think what I have over a lot of other rookies is we made the playoffs my first year and I was able to experience that,” Jennings tells the Journal Sentinel. “I was harping on making the playoffs and we did it, so that just sets my goals even higher. You get a taste of it and you want to get back there again.”
Jennings’ goal is to average at least 10 assists per game and increase his 37 percent shooting percentage from last season.
Bucks Going For Stability
There is no secret to winning in professional sports, hire smart people to run your team, keep them there for a long time and get the hell out of their way. The Bucks showed they will be doing that for at least a few more seasons by extending GM John Hammond and head coach Scott Skiles.
Bucks owner Herb Kohl wanted general manager John Hammond and head coach Scott Skiles to be with the team long-term and on Tuesday he exercised the option year on Hammond’s contract and extended Skiles’ deal by one season. Both are now under contract through the 2012-13 season.
“I just want to say how grateful I am to the Senator and to the organization for picking up the option,” Hammond told the Journal Sentinel.
“Scott and I have had a very good working relationship and it’s another part of the reason we’ve had some success,” Hammond added.
Hammond was executive of the year last season and Skiles was second in the coach of the year voting.