Signing Jon Brockton, the imaginary back-up center in the Milwaukee Bucks plans

This just in from a newspaper report in Denver, where the Bucks are preparing to play the Nuggets tonight:

“Early in the third quarter, Skiles sent center Jon Brockton into the game for rookie Larry Sanders …” – JSOnline Bucks Blog by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bucks beat reporter Tom Enlund.

At first I thought this was simply a brain-fart by a tired NBA beat reporter, a little light-headed by the lack of oxygen in Denver’s mountain climate. Of course Enlund meant to write “Brockman” instead of “Brockton” when describing the third quarter substitution in Monday’s Bucks-Jazz game.   But on second look — and third glance — it became increasingly apparent that this reference to Brockton could not be shrugged off as a simple slip of the mind.

It should be noted here that Enlund knows a thing or two about the NBA and the Bucks, whom he’s been covering since the late 1980’s, before Sidney Moncrief’s number was retired.   This fact alone suggests that “center Jon Brockton” did not make his appearance in Enlund’s story haphazardly.  Also note the use of the word “details” in Enlund’s headline.  This may have been Enlund leaving a clue of some sort, one that at least demands further inquiry.

Note the use of the word “center” – not “forward” or “big forward” which is what one would use in referring to Jon Brockman, who is certainly not an NBA center.  Yet Enlund identifies this unknown player as “center Jon Brockton.”

Who is Jon Brockton?  When did the Bucks sign him?  How long has he been with the team?   Let’s look back to last July and see if the Bucks or the media can provide an answer to these questions.

On July 21, the Bucks announced that they had acquired a 6-7, 252-pound “forward/center” named Jon Brockman. No such player seems to exist, not in real life anyway.   That same day the Milwaukee daily newspaper, Journal Sentinel, reported that the Bucks had signed a 6-7, 252-pound “forward” named Jon Brockman.   Forward Jon Brockman did appear in the Bucks camp.  However, no such “forward/center” has been found.

Here’s what seems to have happened — remember that July 21 was the day after Milwaukee was hit with record floods in the streets that eventually created a sink-hole that swallowed an SUV.  That made national news.  Somehow, in all the watery confusion, Bucks GM John Hammond — in his mind — believed that he had acquired a forward-center.  This never occurred, though the idea of this new forward/center persisted in Hammond’s mind, and in the minds of those who work in the Bucks organization, and on to many fans who follow the Bucks.

One conclusion can be made:  Jon Brockton is that forward/center — or at least the center reality of a forward very likely named Jon Brockman.  Brockton may be something of an imaginary twin of Brockman, who lives on in the Bucks brain trust.  They believed they were filling a need for a back-up center — and they filled it — in their imaginations.   This belief may be strong, so strong that on certain occasions (usually on the road where the presence of doubting, skeptical Bucks fans might prevent it) …

… a center named Jon Brockton appears.  Bucks beat reporter Tom Enlund saw him Monday night in Utah.  Maybe we’ll see him tonight in Denver.

If so, somebody hand him a Bucks contract — they need center Jon Brockton.

4 thoughts on “Signing Jon Brockton, the imaginary back-up center in the Milwaukee Bucks plans

  1. J.D. Mo. Post author

    It’s always a fine line that an offense with one player dominating the ball crosses — Kobe was well over that line in the Lakers loss to Houston last night, about 40 possessions and about 35 pts created. Maggette was generating at a higher rate than that until about 4 mins into the 4th when he got bogged down on the weak side with Sanders. It’s a fine line — and he might not have crossed it at all had Jennings – Salmons – Ilyasova been able to generate something on the strong side, which Jennings needed to make happen. It was frustrating. The Bucks were right in this one — and probably should have been up 10 or 12 at halftime as well as they played in the first half.

    If Sanders was not a one-time only show — and I don’t think that’s what last night was — imagine how formidable a Bogut/Sanders combo will be in a year or two.

  2. Kevin

    I was pleased when Gooden was signed but also surprised because of the drafting of Sanders. But if he can block 8 shots, make him the backup center. Bogut wasn’t even missed last night. I didn’t see or notice Maggette’s ballhogging, but many times no one else can score. Many players on this team pass up good shots to be unselfish.

  3. J.D. Mo. Post author

    They were jumped quick 8 mins to go in the 4th after having pulled to within 6. This feels like a wasted effort by Sanders and by Salmons, who played one of his better games this season and showed that he might – finally – be coming around. But they need more that working for them to win.

    Maggette had a decent night until that stretch in the 4th when he went back to his old, selfish ball-hogging ways, bad offense that opened the door for the Nuggets to extend the lead.

  4. Kevin

    Sanders sure looked like a center against Denver. But as usual, not enough players contributing. I had delusions of grandeur for awhile, but this team just can’t keep pace. And how about calling a timeout before the game gets away?

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