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Monta Ellis will still start, Redick to come off Bucks bench

Feb 22, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

J.J. Redick AP

This isn’t really a surprise, when the Bucks traded for J.J. Redick without sending one of their star guards out in a deal, you had to figure Redick’s role was about to be very different than what he had in Orlando.

Redick is going to come off the bench for the bucks.

From Andrew Gruman of

“I think if guys are willing to accept the process, there’s no reason it can’t happen,” (Bucks GM John) Hammond said Friday. “It really comes down to this: Do guys want to win? If you want to win, people will make sacrifices. The sacrifices could be a few minutes a game.”

Hammond talked about the goal to be like the three guard rotation of the championship Bad Boy Pistons — Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Vinny Johnson.

“(Dumars) said Isiah and I both realized that when Vinnie came into the game and hit his first few shots that they would be set for a while. It made them a better team and even propelled them to a championship.”

This Bucks backcourt is not going to be as good as that legendary group, but it could be good if everyone buys in, shares time and shares the ball. But will they? Jennings and Ellis tend to shoot first, will they share the rock? Will they put egos aside and let the two guys knocking the shots down that night play and not mope on the bench? They can’t play that three guard lineup long, it is too small and would get killed defensively, but it can for a stint.

Hammond talks a good game, we’ll see if his players can live up to it.

  1. saint1997 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    how tall is JJ Redick? Can he really in any way defend a 3?

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      Officially 6’4″ but that’s generous. And no, he can’t.

  2. 00maltliquor - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Did we really need an article to know this?

  3. davidly - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    In an attempt to not add insult to traded-ry by denigrating Kid Dy-no-mite, I’ll just leave it at: I’m not sure if he’ll be reminiscent of the Microwave, but as much as I like Ellis, Zeke he ain’t, let alone does any other part of the GM’s analogy remotely capture the imagination: Who the hell are Dumars and Dantley in this scenario? I mean, I know he’s just talking guard rotation, but that includes defense with three other guys on the floor, so while these three guards are running to and from the scorer’s table, who’s playing the role of the Worm and Mahorn in this scenario? How about Lamb and Buddha?

    Other than that, though, the GM’s comments are spot on–sacrifice for the team an’ all that. Who wouldn’t want that?

  4. mgscott - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    All of the NBA needs to build to beat Miami. This does nothing to help that.

  5. themagicfanguy - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I love JJ, but there’s no way he could guard a proper-sized small forward for very long. He may draw a charge or two, but that’s it.

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