Fox Sports Wisconsin: As Ryan Kartje points out, Scott Skiles was particularly blunt in addressing Brandon Jennings’ on-ball defense (or lack of it) last season. With the preseason opener bringing a date in Canton, Ohio with Kyrie Irving and Cavs tomorrow, Skiles looks for improvement:
“We had a terribly difficult time with Irving last year,” Skiles said Monday. “He pretty much owned us. He’s a very, very good player. It’s somebody we’ve got to be much more competitive against. … We’ve got to do a much better job at containing him. He was in the paint and making his perimeter shot. He pretty much had his way with us last year.”
Skiles has made a point in the past of saying that his perimeter players don’t need to do everything by themselves, but that they do need to stay with their man for at least the first three dribbles to protect the integrity of the rest of the defensive scheme. The Bucks should have a legitimate shot-blocking presence on the court at nearly all times this season. If Monta and Brandon can stay with each of their defensive assignments for the first few steps, help should be on the way.
Paschketball: Brandon Jennings addressed the team this week. He used the platform as an opportunity to speak about team unity toward a single goal.
“Basically, I told them as long as we stick together — from the coaching staff to the video guy to everybody that is a part of the Milwaukee Bucks organization — as long as we stay together this year, and guys are not worried about contracts or anything like that… as long as we stay healthy, we’ll be alright.”
I don’t find it particularly reassuring to hear how guys need to forget their contract situations when, by virtue of the fact that they’re bringing it up, it’s clearly closer to the tip of their tongue then they’re letting on.
However, I’m shelving the bitter cynic in me until the 2012-13 team product is on display. All for one and one for all. Go team.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: MillerCoors will remain the official beer sponsor of the Bucks and the BMO Harris Bradley Center for another 10 years.
Coors Light and Miller Lite – the brewer’s two largest brands – are expected to be the major players in the deal. Coors Light will be at the center of external marketing efforts in support of the Bucks. Miller Lite, meanwhile, will be the focus for in-arena advertising at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
#Bucks coach Scott Skiles said Tobias Harris “maybe” will start in preseason opener vs. Cavs on Tuesday. Best guess is Harris will get nod.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) October 8, 2012
Brew Hoop: Las Vegas predicts the Bucks to finish ninth in the Eastern Conference this season. It’s a reasonable placement, but the Bucks’ chance to creep higher may depend entirely on how the new-look Bulls and Sixers perform this season. Are the Bulls still better than the Bucks without Derrick Rose and a killer bench? Is Bynum going to be a difference maker for Philly? I’m still skeptical until I see Bynum play a full month — in a contract year on iffy knees — without interruption.
Behind the Buck Pass: Sure, this is a shameless self-plug, and you may have already seen Preston Schmitt’s work with the Media Day interviews. But if you didn’t yet see them, or somehow missed one or more of the four parts, then here are the links for handy reference: