Journal Sentinel: According to Charles F. Gardner, four Bucks were kept out of Thursday’s practice:
Andrew Bogut (leg/knee soreness)
Carlos Delfino (sprained right wrist)
Luc Mbah a Moute (knee)
Tobias Harris (issues from dehydration)
Racine Journal Times: Gery Woelfel spoke to Stephen Jackson, who said that he is willing to put his contract extension request on hold. There are lots of great bits of info here, including that Jackson flew on owner Herb Kohl’s plane when he went to visit a back specialist in New York earlier this week.
“I got bone spurs in my back. My bottom disc is completely gone. It’s normal, though. It’s not abnormal. It’s normal wear and tear from playing so long.”
The 33-year-old has two years left on his contract with the Bucks and he says that he would like to keep playing until he is 38. History hasn’t been kind to NBA shooting guards in their late-30s, especially those with bad backs. Jackson has a few factors in his favor, though, including his fiery competitiveness, his offseason weight loss, and the fact that he can also play some small forward.
Journal Sentinel: Speaking of Bogut, Michael Hunt says that the Bucks didn’t have a reasonable backup for Bogut last year and they’ve failed again this year.
To wit: Larry Sanders played an abysmal game Wednesday, picking up three quick first-half fouls, and finishing with four fouls in only five minutes played. The final foul came with 9 seconds left and the Bucks leading by 1, compounding the error of a few seconds earlier where Sanders turned the ball over on a fullcourt inbounds pass. As a result, Michael Beasley went to the line to hit the game-tying and game-winning free throws.
TCPalm.com: In fairness, though, Sanders seems like such a likable kid AND he realizes the aspects of his game that need improvement
Q: What areas of your game do you need to improve for this season?
A: I’m trying to eliminate errors. I watched a lot of film and saw some of the mistakes I made — not sprinting or leaving my feet too early, things that come with experience. The more confidence I get, the better I’ll be.
Brew Hoop: Steve von Horn looks at the first two years of Brandon Jennings’ career and lays down some quantifiable measures of success for Jennings in 2012.
Hardwood Paroxysm: A season preview that points out, among other things, that the Bucks offense 1) wasn’t very good last season, 2) didn’t score a lot of points, and 3) missed a lot of shots. Oh well. At least they incorporated the Laverne & Shirley theme song. (Seriously. That’s not snark, but rather a happy childhood memory.)
YourHoustonNews.com: An interview with Ricky Pierce which looks back at his 16-year career. Evidently, Pierce hasn’t touched a basketball since retiring.
Pierce hasn’t played basketball — even in a pickup game — since retiring from the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998.
‘When I was retired, I was done,’ he said.
Maybe his arms were just tired from all the shot attempts.