Links: Weekend Notes for the Milwaukee Bucks

Journal Sentinel:  Charles F. Gardner writes a piece on Keyon Dooling, whose role in the National Basketball Players’ Association has become exponentially more important with the lockout in place.  At the same time, his job security with the Bucks has come into question after Milwaukee acquired point guards Shaun Livingston and Beno Udrih on draft day.  Speaking of the NBPA, Ken Berger has a report that, among other things, incdicates that the two sides in the NBA’s labor dispute have not met since the lockout began on July 1.

Journal Times: Gery Woelfel has the inside scoop on the Bucks assistant coaches.  Jim Boylan signed on to stay as the Bucks’ head defensive guru after turning down a similar position with the Suns.  Kelvin Sampson, on the other hand, may still leave to be the Pistons’ head coach or an assistant for Kevin McHale in Houston.  After having players sit out a league-high 277 games due to injury in 2010-11, could the Bucks return to their form of two years ago with a relatively healthy year?  The TrueHoop bloggers from around the NBA in this 5-for-5 segment seems to think so.  Of the four writers who pegged a team on the rise, 2.5 named Milwaukee as the squad who could have a surprisingly strong season. and Milwaukee Bucks backup point guards past and future attended “Sportscaster U” at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.  Both Earl Boykins and Shaun Livingston participated in last month’s three-day seminar which was sponsored by the NBPA.  The program is designed to prepare athletes for a career transition into television broadcasting.  For Boykins, an unrestricted free agent and 15-year veteran of the NBA (plus one more overseas), could this career move happen sooner rather than later, especially in light of the Bucks’ five-man roster jam at point guard (Jennings, Udrih, Livingston, Dooling, and free agent Boykins?

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