O.J. Mayo is finally nearing a return to practice after sitting out the last six games.
With a six-game homestand approaching, beginning with Saturday’s game against Houston, the Bucks provided an update on the status of O.J. Mayo, who’s missed the past six games.
Mayo has been dealing with flu-like symptoms and said Friday he hopes to return before All-Star Weekend. The shooting guard has done some conditioning work but is yet to practice with the team.
Typically, players miss only a game or two when coping with the flu, and Mayo’s extended absence raised some questions as to how sick he really was. But Friday’s quotes seem to lend credence to the fact that Mayo was simply dealing with a fairly severe illness. He said he got some shots up for the first time Thursday but remains at least two or three days away from returning to practice.
Ersan Ilyasova and Luke Ridnour also missed Friday’s session. Both players left Wednesday’s game in Denver with back troubles and are considered questionable for Saturday’s contest, which will be both a “red out” and “Beard Night” at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The beard night is excellent, considering the league’s most famous facial hair will be in town, but holding a “red out” against another primarily red team doesn’t make a ton of sense. But then again, not much has this season.