The Bucks have started 2-5, and all of us fans are not very happy. I have been reading some of the message boards and it is not pretty. Some think Brandon Jennings is positioning himself for a trade. Some think the season is nearly on the brink of collapse. Some think it is time to blow everything up.
As Lee Corso would say… Not So Fast My Friend.
I am frustrated, just as frustrated as most fans. The Bucks shooting downright sucks, possibly the worst I have seen from people that get paid to do this for a living. But there is a silver lining to the rough start and it begins tonight against the New York Knicks. Yes the Bucks are 2-5 but of their four losses from the first seven games, four of the games have come against the top 8 teams in the NBA. New Orleans(2 times), Portland and Boston are all among the top 8 in the ESPN Power Poll. The schedule will soften up.
The loss to Minnesota, and the blowout against Portland are the only bad losses. I would agree that is sucks to have two bad losses among the first seven games but those two losses occurred in the first four games. This team does have some new pieces, Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette, that must be intertwined into the Scott Skiles system. Andrew Bogut did have a serious injury that ended his season last year, he does need some time to get into the groove. It is only Brandon Jennings second year at point guard in the NBA and he also must get comfortable with the new guys, find out where they like getting the ball, when and where to look for them. John Salmons is also trying to come back from an injury. These are reasons for the early struggle, not excuses.
With any pro sports season a fan must be a little patient at the start of the season. If 20 games in the Bucks are still well below .500 and showing no signs of improvement I say go ahead and start getting worried. If the Bucks lose tonight I may be inclined to join in on the early panic.