Milwaukee Bucks Links: Day of Opening Night Edition

NBA.com:  John Henson is keeping a journal-style blog (or is it blog-style journal?) for his rookie season.  From the first entry,

These past few months have been a complete whirlwind for me.  Adjusting to independence (i.e. cooking, cleaning, banking, etc.) in a brand new city has taken some getting used to, but I’m getting there.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Milwaukee after spending most of my life in the South. But I can honestly say that I love it here.  The city, the Bucks fans and the lifestyle are awesome.

Henson has made no secret of his affection for the city in his short stint in Milwaukee.  Good on him.  Really, no sarcasm, good on him.  He’s a bright, enthusiastic kid, and the pairing of him and the Bucks is a well-made match.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. are the captains for the 2012-13 season.  They were elected by their teammates after practice yesterday.

Dunleavy said he had been a captain before with Golden State and Indiana but never had been chosen by his teammates.

“When your teammates select you for something, it means a lot,” Dunleavy said. “Being in the league my 11th year now, I’ve seen a lot and been around a lot. Hopefully I can provide some leadership for our guys and we can have a great season.”

“I think I lead by example a lot but there are times where I will speak up and say things,” Dunleavy said. “I’m pretty objective about things and I don’t tend to overreact. Hopefully I can help.”

Oct 13, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE:

Brew Hoop:  Frank Madden examines the winners and losers from the preseason.  In true Bucks fashion, the team finished 3-6 in the W-L department. On Monta, who finished the preseason by making four of his final 30 shots,

At this point we should know better than to make a big deal out of a veteran like Ellis starting slowly in the preseason (36% shooting). Then again, we should probably also know better than to expect Ellis to be something other than what we’ve seen for the past seven seasons, right? Ellis has thus far brushed off questions about whether he’ll opt out of the final year of his $11 million contract, but it just doesn’t seem like either party is interested enough to make this a long-term option.

There has been a lot of doom-and-gloom talk about Monta opting out and bolting after this season.  But I’m starting to think that a far scarier possibility is that Monta has a dud of a season, the Bucks cross their fingers hoping for an opt-out, and he stays.

Bucksketball:  Jeremy Schmidt writes about the up-and-downs of Brandon Jennings in 2011-12.  Or more specifically, the up, then down, then back up trajectory of that season.  On the first up, Schmidt writes,

Milwaukee’s premiere guard was cruising along through the first third of the lockout shortened 2011-12 season. Despite a road heavy early season schedule, Jennings was producing at a level far better than he had in his first two seasons. A career sub-40% shooter, Jennings was shooting 43% from the field and 37% from three through 22 games. He averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 assists and helped the exactly mediocre Bucks stay afloat at 10-12 despite little production from a fledgling sidekick in Stephen Jackson and 11 missed games from Andrew Bogut.

I would have replace ‘fledgling sidekick’ with ‘poisonous anchor’, but hey, that’s me.

Jeremy is right on track with his assessment of Jennings, but with Brandon’s emotional words in the wake of the Bucks passing on the chance to extend him, I’m terribly nervous again.  Jennings has so much potential when he plays within himself, and he’s talented enough that playing within himself doesn’t require a whole lot of self-restraint.  But if he’s planning to “audition” for other teams, it’s actually in his best interest to show that he can both dynamic and efficient — the latter quantity being a newly prized one in statistically-driven NBA management schemes.

BtBP:  A shameless self-plug for our preview of tonight’s game in Boston. Enjoy the opener!

Topics: John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks, Monta Ellis

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