Mar 3, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks small forward Carlos Delfino (10), point guard Brandon Jennings (3) ad point guard Beno Udrih (19) exit the floor after being defeated by the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 99-94. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Beno Udrih Despised Being on the Bucks


February 23, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Beno Udrih (19) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (40) at Amway Center. The Magic lost 118-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t take long for former Bucks Beno Udrih to vent his unhappiness with his stint in Milwaukee.

Less than a week after being sent to Orlando in a trade that brought J.J. Redick to Milwaukee, Udrih lashed out.  He didn’t care for Scott Skiles — or his approach to personnel.  He didn’t relish his backup role in Milwaukee.  He didn’t like sitting behind Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings.  He wanted more minutes.

Udrih wasn’t terribly shy about stating his displeasure before, but the trade to Orlando unleashed a torrent of unabashed Bucks bashing.

Then Beno elaborated on the way he felt during his time in Milwaukee.

It was just a bad situation there. I’m a professional and I’m a man and I like to be told what they expect from me, so in Milwaukee that never happened. In Milwaukee, they would say we know that we’ve got to play you a little more, but it never happened. And when I did get in the game I didn’t know what they wanted me to do. I was just trying to find myself (with the Bucks), but I never did.

The problem here doesn’t lie in the singular fact that Beno Udrih was unhappy.  It is easier, though, to be bothered by the overall trend.  Stephen Jackson obviously wanted out.  Andrew Bogut said that he enjoyed California “100 times better than Milwaukee”, and even if that quote was meant to reflect his feelings on the climate and not the basketball team, he took a fair number of post-trade potshots at the organization too.

It was just not a good situation for me there (in Milwaukee). They had basically two guards – Brandon and Monta and those two guys were playing 40 minutes a game. So it’s not possible for me to get in and do what I do – move the ball around and get us in the offense. It was not a good situation for me and I just had to get out of there. I think it was the most frustrating time of my career, so I was ready (for a trade).

The Orlando organization has a few familiar faces for Udrih from his time in San Antonio.  Magic head coach Jacques Vaughn and Udrih played together on the 2006-07 Spurs.  Back in 2004, when San Antonio drafted Beno, a 22-year-old Spurs intern drove him around to look for apartments.  That intern was Rob Hennigan, now Orlando’s general manager.

The Magic and Bucks play twice more this season, starting with a St. Patrick’s Day Sunday matinee in Milwaukee.

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