Milwaukee Bucks Links: Julius Erving Edition

NY Times:  Do the Milwaukee Bucks have the next Dr. J on their hands?  According to one ex-NBA agent, they might:

Torrel Harris, a former sports agent who operates a sports apparel business, compared his son to a young Julius Erving, a Long Island native who is probably the greatest N.B.A. player to come out of New York.

“I really think Tobias is going to be as special as Dr. J was,” he said. “For a big man, Julius could do it all, and Tobias is the same way. He can score and he can rebound and he can handle the ball very well for a player his size.”

While both players hail from Long Island, Tobias Harris smartly downplayed the overzealous talk of his papa.

Like Erving, Harris received little news media attention as a high school player.

“That’s because we both played outside the five boroughs,” Harris said. “But it didn’t matter that the media wasn’t paying attention to me; all that mattered was that I was paying attention to me.”

Harris, who said he considered himself “a solid, all-around player,” acknowledged that he was not “at Dr. J’s level yet.”  Speaking of Julius Erving, the Bucks once had their shot at “the Doctor”.  After his first season in the American Basketball Association (ABA), Milwaukee drafted him in the NBA’s 1972 draft. Then they squared off in a three-way battle with the Virginia Squires (for whom he had played in the ABA) and Atlanta Hawks (with whom he signed a contract one day before the draft) for his services.  Obviously, the Bucks lost.

NY Times:  Of course, there is more fun to be had in talking about Dr. J. than there is in discussing the NBA lockout situation.  After a week of excruciatingly long talks ended on Thursday, the two sides announced that they had not yet come to a deal.  The NBA made another offer to the players and David Stern couched its status in no uncertain terms:

Commissioner David Stern specifically avoided terming this the N.B.A.’s last, best offer, although that was clearly what it was.

“We have made our revised proposal, and we’re not planning to make another one,” Stern said late Thursday night, adding, “There’s really nothing left to negotiate about.”  Don Nelson made the preliminary list of nominees for the 2012 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Sidney Moncrief, apparently, did not.  That’s a shame.

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