Oct 23, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) drives against Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) in the second half at PNC Arena. Miami won 98-92. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

Milwaukee Bucks Preseason Game Previews: Game 7, Charlotte

This time last year, the Bucks — and every other team and player — were stranded in the wasteland of the vaunted NBA lockout.  Doesn’t it feel great to have the Bucks back? So appreciate the special gift of the game tomorrow even though…

It’s a preseason game…

— and it’s on a Thursday…

— and it’s in the morning (11 AM ET, 10 AM CT)…

— and why yes, that would also be a game against the worst team in the league last year (and losers of five straight games in the preseason.)

Still excited?

I hope the Bucks are. They have dropped four straight games, and while it’s the preseason, it’s still disheartening to see the Bucks continue to lose to haphazardly formed preseason squads which are missing key components (such as Derrick Rose, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, John Wall, and Nene.)  As much as any preseason game could, dumping a fifth straight game to the lowly Bobcats will inspire a ‘sky is falling’ mentality among the Bucks faithful.

As for the odd start time, Charlotte is hosting a school event:

The Bobcats host the 8th annual Cool School Field Trip, presented by Jordan Brand. The game is a reward for middle school students, teachers and administrators from across the Carolinas who display outstanding achievement and character in the classroom. Every student in attendance will receive a workbook to be completed throughout the course of the game with the help of in-arena messages, clues and interviews.

So getting to see the Bobcats host another Eastern Conference lottery team in the preseason is a reward?  And there’s a workbook to complete during the game?  Where’s the fun in that?

The game will be broadcast locally in Milwaukee on WSSP 1220.  It won’t be televised.  You won’t have to see the Bobcats new jerseys.  They’re ugly.

In other news, the Bucks picked up the options on the rookie contracts of Ekpe Udoh, Larry Sanders, and Tobias Harris, so each of the trio will be around for at least a season beyond this one.  The Bucks also made official the long-rumored six-year agreement between the team and the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  The pact buys time for the team and the city while the avenues for a suitable replacement — without which the team can’t survive long-term — are fully explored.

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