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  1. Bucks center Ekpe Udoh out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    Oct 11, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Ekpe Udoh

    The Bucks thought they were going to have some good depth along the front line this season, but it hasn’t taken long for injuries to change that. Backup center Ekpe Udoh will be out 4-6 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday, the team announced. Udoh played a limited role with the Bucks…

  2. However you pronounce it, Antetokounmpo looks pretty good for Bucks

    Oct 11, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    The book on Giannis Antetokounmpo is that he was raw and untested, but he had some good physical tools. Down the line maybe he could be a point forward in the league. The Bucks took him at 15 and this was a guy we weren’t going to have to figure out how to pronounce his…

  3. Brandon Knight blames Pistons for his low assist total

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Jennings, now the the Pistons’ point guard, blamed the Bucks for his subpar shooting percentage. Now, Brandon Knight, the player traded for Jennings, is bringing it full circle by blaming the Pistons for his subpar assist numbers. (As you’ll see, Knight says he’s not blaming anyone. But when you start a sentence, “I’m not…

  4. Bucks Ersan Ilyasova will miss time with sprained ankle

    Oct 9, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Ersan Ilyasova

    The good news is there is nothing broken. Two sets of X-rays found no structural damage. But don’t expect to see Ersan Ilyasova suiting up for the Bucks for a couple of weeks or more. One of the league’s most underrated stretch fours sprained his ankle Tuesday night against the Cavaliers and had to leave…

  5. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…

  6. Suns’ president gives glimpse of how sausage of trades is made

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Making a trade in the NBA is not so simple as one GM calling up another and saying, “let’s swap Player X for Player Y.” It’s a long slog of conversations between assistant GMs about various players, then conversations between GMs and coaches, agents and other teams. Lon Babby, the Phoenix Suns President of Basketball…

  7. Pistons seemingly narrow starting shooting guard options to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rodney Stuckey

    The Pistons have essentially four starters locked: Brandon Jennings at point guard, Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond at center. That leaves shooting guard, where there seemed to be several contenders. Chauncey Billups Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kyle Singler Rodney Stuckey Now, halve that list, Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks indicates.…

  8. Report: Longtime NBA employee calls 2012-13 Bucks’ locker room worst he’d ever seen

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    The Bucks have had one of the NBA’s busiest offseasons. They traded Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ish Smith, waived Drew Gooden and Gustavo Ayon, let Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert and Mike Dunleavy Jr. walk in free agency and signed-and-traded Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick. That’s most of the roster turned over, yet it’s…

  9. Brandon Jennings fires back at Larry Sanders: ‘I had to take those shots’

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

    Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders have traded comments through the media recently, with the former teammates each seeming to take a little bit of a shot at the other. It began with relatively innocuous remarks from Jennings that seemed more like excitement to play with the likes of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe…

  10. O.J. Mayo tells his side of the story of playing one-on-one with Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    As part of a wide-ranging interview to promote the release of NBA 2K14, Michael Jordan said a lot of semi-interesting things that became newsworthy. One of the more entertaining stories Jordan told was one of a young O.J. Mayo, fresh out of high school, attending Jordan’s camp and immediately beginning to engage the legend in…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron designed a $50K watch. Because he can.

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Heat Media Day Basketball

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Seth MacFarlane likes doing cutaways in Family Guy… • LeBron James helped…

  12. Setback with broken foot to keep Bucks’ Delfino out through most of camp

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino

    The Bucks picked up Carlos Delfino this summer at a very reasonable $3.2 million per year, part of their “we’re not tanking, but we are reshaping the roster and we’ll not be all that good” strategy (which was led by getting O.J. Mayo). Now the Bucks are going to be without Delfino for most of…

  13. Larry Sanders questions Brandon Jennings’ willingness to pass

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Brandon Jennings said the Pistons could become Lob City under his direction. Of course, the first step of a lob is a pass, and Jennings has a reputation for being a reluctant passer. But Jennings explained he’d pass more in Detroit, where’s he’s not burdened by the Bucks’ lackluster offensive options and can instead throw…

  14. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Last season: It was the end of an era. Josh Smith‘s final season in Atlanta ended the only way it really could: with plenty of ill-advised shot attempts, tons of highlight-reel plays, and probably most importantly, another early playoff exit. After a first round loss to the Indiana Pacers in six games, it was fair to yet…

  15. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Last season: The Bucks went 38-44, reaching the playoffs despite a mid-season firing of Scott Skiles. Their high-scoring and high-shooting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis defined the team, but it was really as a team without a strong identity. Before the playoffs began, Jennings predicted the Bucks would beat the Heat in six…

  16. Bucks unveil new court design for 2013-14 season

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    bucks newcourt

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design during an event held at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Tuesday, and if you’re familiar with the history of the franchise, then the floor’s look may bring back some memories. The Bucks had the team’s original play-by-play announcer Eddie Doucette on hand to help with the introductions, and current…

  17. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Last season: The Pistons went 29-53, their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight season outside the playoffs. Andre Drummond emerged as a possible franchise player, producing at elite levels to match his impressive physical profile. Greg Monroe also operated at a near-All Star level for the second straight season, though somewhat ignores his defensive…

  18. Report: DeMarcus Cousins near contract extension with Kings

    Sep 23, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Paul George just about has his. John Wall got his. Larry Sanders got his. They all got extensions to their rookie contracts, the early extensions out of the 2010 Draft. DeMarcus Cousins was one other name where we expected a deal — he is potentially the best player in the 2010 draft class but with…

  19. Gary Payton rips former Supersonics owner Howard Schultz

    Sep 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    Gary Payton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend, and while he won the lone championship of his career as a member of the Miami Heat, there was little question that he’d go into the Hall as a Seattle Supersonic. Payton played more than 12 seasons in Seattle, and maintains…

  20. More highlights from Kentucky alumni game (VIDEO)

    Sep 12, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    "The Family" World Premiere - Red Carpet

    We already showed you that John Wall dropped 40 and 10 at the annual Kentucky alumni game (because Eric Bledsoe said he couldn’t), but there was more to the game than that. The fine folks at The Mars Reel put this together with some Brandon Knight, some Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, some Terrence Jones, and more. Enjoy.

  21. With three bigs who can finish, Josh Smith says Detroit alley-oops will be “race to the rim”

    Sep 12, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    “Me, Drummond and Monroe, it’s going to be a race to the rim to see who can get there fastest for lobs.” That is Josh Smith talking about the blessing and the curse of the Detroit Pistons — with Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the front court, the paint could get a little…

  22. Highlights from Kentucky alumni game, Wall drops 40 (VIDEO)

    Sep 10, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    john-wall-adidas-crazyquick

    If we learned one thing during the lockout, it’s that John Wall‘s game is well suited for the pickup, free-flowing nature of exhibitions. Say, like the Kentucky alumni game Monday night. Eric Bledsoe told John Wall he couldn’t score 40, so Wall scored 40 with 10 assists and 10 rebounds thrown in. Brandon Knight dropped 30…

  23. Bucks’ GM says Caron Butler going to get “a lot of minutes”

    Sep 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Milwaukee Bucks do not want you to think they are in the tank. Transitioning, yes. Rebuilding even. But they are not going “woeful for Wiggins” either. They have O.J. Mayo, Larry Sanders, Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilysova, Gary Neal — some guys that can play. They are not the Heat or Spurs, but they have…

  24. EuroBasket tips off Wednesday, here’s a quick primer

    Sep 4, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    BASKET-FRIENDLY-SLOVENIA-FRANCE

    At this point in the end of summer/start of fall those of us basketball junkies are looking for a fix. That is where EuroBasket comes in. If you’re asking “What is EuroBasket?” let us help you out with a little primer. • What is EuroBasket? A FIBA tournament featuring 24 teams from Europe, being played…

  25. Ten free agents still out on the market

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    At this point, the free agent cupboard is pretty bare, and a number of teams have filled out their rosters anyway. Let’s just be honest — if you’re still on the free agent market there is a reason. Still, there are a few teams still looking to add player 14/15 to the roster off minimum…

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