Milwaukee Bucks Links: Say 'Cheese' Edition

Twitter:  During Media Day, Monta Ellis told Jim Paschke about how much he loved fishing and how he caught a 25-pound catfish in the offseason.

He said that he reeled the beast in from “his backyard”, no less.

Here’s a pic from late September of Monta and a Memphis-based minister with their day’s haul.  Ellis’ fishing companion captioned the photo, “Me and Monta back from fishing.”

A few thoughts:

1) Monta looks positively tall standing next to medium-sized non-NBA humans.  Sure, he’s small for an NBA shooting guard, but he’s not THAT small. He must be a legit 6’4″ then, right?

2) With the dimples and all, Monta has the best smile on the Bucks, no?

3)  If that really is Monta’s backyard, then his kids have an amazing play fort.  (Of course, I shouldn’t be complaining.  I was spoiled enough to have one as a kid, but it was nothing like the cool castle seen here.)

4) There aren’t any 25-lb. fish in that pile.

5)  Monta is still sporting his Golden State duds.  Not the pretty ones retro-styled as an homage to 1960s “The City” logo, but the old ones that the Warriors wore during the “We Believe” 2006-07 playoff run.  That team was fun, but, good golly, those were some of the ugliest unis of all-time.  If there’s an appropriate occasion for something that horrible, it would be gutting fish.

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VCURamNation: Larry Sanders makes his movie debut in Movie 43, a star-studded sketch anthology that, at least in the previews, appears to be a juvenile/irreverant/raunchy movie version along the lines of Saturday Night Live. (Warning: the embedded movie trailer on this link should be labeled as NSFW.)  Super extra bonus points go to Larry for sporting such an unbelievable wig in his first acting gig.

Racine Journal Times:  Ersan Ilyasova skipped out on playing for Turkey’s national team this summer.  Instead, he focused on rest, training, and bulking up.  It’s completely cliche to talk about the guys who added ‘pounds of muscle’ over the summer, but Ersan did look visibly bigger during Media Day.

And he wants to keep his methods a secret.

“I spent my summer in Juno Beach, Florida,” Ilyasova said. “I was there like maybe three months. I worked out three times a week.

“I hired a strength coach. I don’t want to say his name; I want to keep it secret because he was so good. He’s worked with NFL type guys. He helped me a lot.”

That’s reflective in Ilyasova’s new-and-improved body. He’s noticeably stronger in the arms and shoulder areas. He has also increased his weight to 245 pounds, 15 more than last season.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Charles F. Gardner examines the possibilities for the job of a starter at the small forward spot, a race which superficially appears to be tilting in Tobias Harris’ favor.

Bucksketball:  Tony Atkins continues the site’s series of player capsules with a look at Mike Dunleavy.  In addition to highlighting his strengths as a playmaker and shooter, Atkins points out the pivotal role that the continued health of Dunleavy will play this season.  A lot is riding on a player who has missed over one-third of his games over the last four seasons.

The embedded video is terrific.  Watch it once to see Dunleavy.  Watch it again and look for the plays that include Ekpe Udoh.  He works so darned well while playing away from the ball.

(Photo Credit:  The photoessay for day two of training camp on the Bucks’ website focused on weight room training.  Beno Udrih and Samuel Dalembert played together in Sacramento for the 2010-11 season.  Some numbers on their lineups together can be found at Basketball Value.  It’s not a universal pattern, but many of Beno’s better rotations came with Sam playing center (instead of then-rookie DeMarcus Cousins). The league is taking steps to cut flopping out of the game.  Yesterday, they announced the penalties that players will face for falling down on the job.

The NBA will penalize floppers this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league official said Wednesday has “no place in our game.”

Those exaggerated falls to the floor may fool the referees and fans during the game, but officials at league headquarters plan to take a look for themselves afterward.

Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.

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