Other than the signing of Mike Dunleavy and the colorful media day quotes of Stephen Jackson, all the Bucks news these days seems to revolve around their many power forwards (or players who may at least spend some time playing the position). With all the attention focused on the power forwards, mainstay players like Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut have been allowed to quietly prep for the season. The power forwards, on the other hand, have been a near-daily source of drama:
• Lost nearly 30 pounds in the offseason.
• After playing only 35 games last season with plantar fasciitis, Gooden doesn’t sound like he is confident that the injury is fully healed. “I’m not going to lie. I still feel pain, either in my foot or in other areas. But I’m continuing to push through it.”
Luc Mbah a Moute:
• Signed a 5-year, $19 million offer sheet with the Nuggets, which was then matched by the Bucks.
• Hasn’t participated in any practices while his visa issues get resolved.
Tobias Harris and Larry Sanders:
• Were both hospitalized for a two-night period after a long practice on Sunday.
• After playing in Germany during the lockout, he arrived in camp on time, but had to sit out while awaiting clearance from FIBA.
• Signed a two-year contract today and played in his first practice.
• Perhaps the only surprise here is that he was in camp, on time, healthy, and ready to go — and not trying to stay overseas. In fact, given his play in Turkey during the lockout, Ersan may be the player who is most ready to start the season.
Barring a transaction between now and Dec. 26th, Skiles will also have to pick a backup center from this list. (He can’t resort to using Brockman again, can he?) My guess is that he’ll eventually decide between Sanders and Gooden, and honestly, the best setup may be to use both of them together up front when Bogut is off the court.
Below are two polls about the Bucks and their numerous power forwards. Let us know what you think.