Milwaukee Bucks: Media Day roundup 2017-18 season

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Jon Horst

Horst on building his staff:

"“We jumped right in after I got hired and we started with the draft. Really excited with our draft. Dug into free agency, and throughout that process, we were obviously doing all of our strategic meetings as a staff with the group that we had, but also trying to identify how we wanted to build out the staff going forward from there. We were able to hire Ryan Hoover, VP of scouting, Dave Dean we promoted to be the GM of the Herd and VP of basketball operations, guys like David Mincberg and Matt Bollero. The goal was to bring high energy, intelligent people into this group, who really work the way we want to work in strategy, and execute the plan we have here.”"

Horst on maintaining roster continuity:

"“It’s intentional. It’s not like we didn’t turn over every stone, didn’t work, didn’t make our calls, didn’t investigate every opportunity to make this team better. And that’s the things that we’re going to constantly try to do from my seat and my group. We’re going to strategically explore those things to constantly try and get better, but we saw a young team that was the youngest or second youngest in the league last season. We started two rookies in the playoffs and had a really competitive series with Toronto. We knew we were going to come into this season with a top-10 type player on our team along with our core, and said why would we change that.”"

Horst on Giannis’ knee:

"“No concerns with his knee. There was an issue, obviously a real issue, but it was a wear and tear issue. We just needed him to be off of his knee, to get the appropriate rehab and the appropriate rest, and that was best suited here in Milwaukee. That’s taken place, he’s rehabbed extremely hard and extremely well, and there’ll be no setbacks for training camp.”"

Horst on Jabari’s recovery and potential contract extension:

"“He’s hit every mark on the schedule that Troy [Flanagan] and Suki [Hobson] have for him. He’s on track, looking stronger and healthier than he ever has, and we truly believe he’s going to come back that way. In terms of the contract, we have a decision to make by the middle of October, and the injury part of it is a factor in the discussions, of course. We’re having great discussions with his representatives, we’re going to continue to work through that, and hopefully, the goal is to come to an extension agreement. If we don’t, the goal is that we can have the same type of productive conversations as a restricted free agent and a player we value significantly in our franchise.”"