Green Bay Press Gazette: Question: What has 23 feet of arms and one jump shot?
Answer: A reserve frontcourt trio of Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh, and John Henson. Henson visited the Packers’ practice facility this week and included this interesting nugget during his post-tour press interview:
Henson feels he has the ability to play small forward if asked, although nobody within the Bucks organization has approached him about that. He even played the position during some games in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago with former Tar Heels David Noel, Kendall Marshall, Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis.
“One of us had to play on the perimeter,” Henson said. “I did just fine.
“If worse comes to worse and you have to throw me in at the 3, I think I’ll be all right. But I don’t know if you want me to be there full time.”
This idea sounds like a bad one, but perhaps it would be premature dismiss it entirely. For all of the mess that it would create on offense, maybe this unit could wreak havoc defensively. Given them Brandon Jennings and another willing fast breaker, and maybe, just maybe, this group could feast a bit on some reserve units who are unfit to take advantage of it.
That’s a lot of ‘perhaps’ and ‘maybes’, so, yeah, it’s mostly crazy talk. All those power forwards have to play somewhere though.
San Jose Mercury News: Former Bucks coach Don Nelson will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7. Nelson, who has more victories as an NBA head coach than other coach, will be presented for induction by Satch Sanders, Chris Mullin, and Bob Lanier, his former center in Milwaukee. Nelson also recounts that Red Auerbach once tried to poach him to coach the Celtics in the mid-80s and that he counts Marques Johnson among the three most talented players that he coached.
Twitter/UNICEFKenya: Luc Mbah a Moute, Dikembe Mutombo, and Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison traveled to Turkana (rural northwest Kenya) with UNICEF. In addition to visiting a boarding school for rescued girls and an immunization dispensary, the trio held a basketball clinic. The UNICEFKenya twitter feed documents well their travels — including dozens of pictures of their efforts.