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The incredible thing about Larry Drew

Apr 17, 2014, 2:11 PM EST

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The Bucks had a few long losing streaks this season – 11 in November, nine in January, eight in March. But they never approached the 26 straight games the 76ers lost.

On the other hand, Philadelphia won four straight around New Year. Milwaukee never won four straight.

Or three straight.

Or even two straight.

That’s pretty special, but that’s not nearly the most amazing part. KL Chouinard of Bucksketball:

Drew played 60 games for the 1986-87 Clippers, starting 22.

He was an assistant coach on the 2004-05 Hawks, who were a year away from becoming – by far – the youngest team of all time.

And, of course, he coached this year’s Bucks, who claimed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming lottery.

I don’t think Drew is the cause of these teams not winning back-to-back games – though he certainly contributed. More so, I think luck has just place him around these three teams.

He’s the Forrest Gump of teams that don’t win consecutive games.

  1. tonydelk - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Here are some other reasons the Bucks were terrible besides Larry Drew:
    *Only beat 2 teams with an above .500 winning percentage (Washington and Chicago)
    *3-27 against the Western Conference (Beat the Jazz once and the Lakers twice)
    *The winning percentage of the teams that they beat was .378 combined
    *Started Zaza Pachulia 43 times

    • theblackrook - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Here are some additional and more important reasons the Bucks were terrible. Henson, Sanders, Knight, Mayo and Butler all missed significant time to injury, as did Ersan Ilysova. The Bucks line up were in constant flux, no team identity and no team cohesion. Promising young players such as Giannis and Henson took far less shots and seemed far too reserved and tentative on offense, there wasn’t a plan in place for them offensively.

      I imagine a healthy bucks team with more time playing together would have won a lot more games, but no one wants to point that out. No one also want’s to point out just how many games OJ Mayo missed from injury and then from being out of shape after his injury. Or that Ersan played mostly with an injury and re-aggravated it getting shut down for the season. That Caron Butler wasn’t the player he once was. There are a lot of reason’s but it seems like people who didn’t suffer through each game as a lot of true fans do wouldn’t notice that. Just easier to look at the box score.

      • tomasekradek - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        OJ Mayo has been out of shape his whole career. Far more potential than what he actually accomplished.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Here’s another reason: They started players who should have came off the bench and the guys who came off the bench should have had more playing time if they wern’t gonna start. I think they were just as obvious with the tank as the Sixers were.

  2. bballhistorian - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I guess the man is a master at losing.

  3. phillyfan11 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Yet we still talk about how bad the Sixers are. Pretty laughable at how bad the Bucks were this year.

    • theblackrook - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Here are some additional and more important reasons the Bucks were terrible. Henson, Sanders, Knight, Mayo and Butler all missed significant time to injury, as did Ersan Ilysova. The Bucks line up were in constant flux, no team identity and no team cohesion. Promising young players such as Giannis and Henson took far less shots and seemed far too reserved and tentative on offense, there wasn’t a plan in place for them offensively.

      I imagine a healthy bucks team with more time playing together would have won a lot more games, but no one wants to point that out. No one also want’s to point out just how many games OJ Mayo missed from injury and then from being out of shape after his injury. Or that Ersan played mostly with an injury and re-aggravated it getting shut down for the season. That Caron Butler wasn’t the player he once was. There are a lot of reason’s but it seems like people who didn’t suffer through each game as a lot of true fans do wouldn’t notice that. Just easier to look at the box score.

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Larry Sanders got in trouble twice for starving and freezing puppies. He is my least favorite player in the league

  4. asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I think it’s awesome someone is using the Anaheim Amigos twitter handle and logo.

  5. mvp43 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    New era for the Bucks started yesterday. The fact that both Hammonds and Drew were not at the presser yesterday says volumes. Clean house our new billionaire owners! no job is safe. Spend whatever is necessary to lure a top GM & coach from another winning team.

  6. tigersfandan - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Maybe I’m completely wrong on this, but it seems to me that after Larry Drew took Atlanta to the postseason in all three of his seasons there, maybe he deserved something a bit better than this. Even if he didn’t, Bucks fans certainly did.

  7. campcouch - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    The Bucks need a redo from the top. From uniforms,down to the popcorn. I know that franchises go through periods of greatness and mediocrity,but the Bucks have had some terrible general mismanagement. Bring Kareem into the fold,find a young coach and find another gem in the draft.

  8. jjthesportsguy - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Yeah, Larry Drew is a turd. Even mid season when it was clear all was lost he was still playing veterans big minutes. If he’s around again next year, Henson will still be the 7th guy in the rotation and The Greek Freak would probably get 8 minutes a game with all players healthy. Get Larry Drew along with Sanders, Mayo, Zaza, Ilyasova, and Delfino out of Milwaukee.

  9. duhwighthoward - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Who was the best player on this team? Brandon Knight? Ramon Sessions?

    Any team where one of these guys is the best player is destined for last place.

    Not Coach Drew’s fault. The truth is there aren’t five guys on this team with heart that you could put in there and actually win with.

    Everyone knew before the season began that this team would be the worst in the league, so why blame the coach?

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