Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Is 20 games too small of a sample size to declare J.J. Redick one of the most candid interviewees in recent Bucks history? In this interview with Charles F. Gardner, he gushes over Monta’s passing (with a diplomatic head nod to Brandon as well), while hinting at the collective… umm…gee… uh… personality of the current group of Bucks.
“I’ve enjoyed playing with Monta and playing with Brandon,” Redick said. “It just seems a lot of times it is Monta at the point and me at the 2 when I’m in the game.
“He (Ellis) is such a good passer to the interior that sometimes I feel like he’s not seeing me. Last night (Monday) he found everybody and he found me when I was open every time. He was dynamite. I’ve been surprised at how good a passer he is.”
The 28-year-old Redick, who had Dwight Howard as a teammate in Orlando, also had to adjust to the different personalities with the Bucks.
“This locker room is unlike any locker room I’ve ever been a part of,” Redick said. “And I mean that in the most endearing way possible. It’s an interesting group of characters.
BrewHoop: Steve von Horn redoes his lineup pyramids for the 20 games since J.J. Redick arrived. In short: Ellis good, Jennings bad.
The best news is that Ellis works incredibly well with some of the best players on the team. Lineups where Ellis is paired with some combination or fragment of Dunleavy, Redick, Ilyasova and Sanders are among the most effictive lineups Jim Boylan can put on the court. Those groupings typically thrive on offense and survive on defense. It’s the best you can hope for whenever Monta Ellis is the lead player in a lineup.
TrueHoop: If the proper way to cite Larry Sanders is to typeset it as “SANDERS!”, isn’t that borrowing a ploy originally used by WHAM!, the 80s power duo starring George Michaels? And if so, who wants to be the first to work on the representative photoshop?
Sanders talks with Kevin Arnovitz about reading the nightly boxscore, developing pro habits, and being a really tall skateboarder.
YouTube: Speaking of Sanders, if you were late to the Bobcats game, in the BMOHBC or in front of your own TV, you may have missed Sanders’ inadvertent karmic retribution on the NBA’s referees, who have T’d him up for a league-high 14 technical fouls.
Thankfully, Bill Kennedy survived the play and went on to referee the rest of the game.
John Hammond, GM of the Milwaukee Bucks, was in Roma on Sunday to watch the Serie A game between Virtus Roma and Virtus Bologna. Hammond was in the Italian capital to scout the captain of Roma, Gigi Datome. The forward could land in the NBA next season despite one year remaining on his contract with the club.
The 25-year-old, 6’7.5″ forward is averaging 16.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in Italy’s top league.