Milwaukee’s daily newspaper continues odd fascination with some Bucks player named Michael Redd

Oh, we’ve heard all this before.  A very long feature today in Milwaukee’s daily newspaper on the progress of one Michael Redd, erstwhile Bucks shooting star whose NBA career came crashing down in a hail of unmet expectations, selfish play, conflicts with coaches, the side effect of #1 pick Andrew Bogut’s stalled development and, lastly, two knee surgeries.

No, the story doesn’t say anything about all of the above except the injuries but it does tell us that Redd’s “thing is not to just come back and play.”

“My thing is to come back and dominate and play at a high level.”

–Read the full story HERE. Or don’t.


What’s this, a Wizards-Cavs back-to-back?

Indeed, the NBA schedule makers have smiled on the Bucks with a back-to-back featuring the two worst teams in the NBA according to every measure known to the league except one — offensive rating, the scoring efficiency measure that has defined the Bucks woes this season.  No matter.

These are not must win games.  They are kill-your-shoe-contract, shut-down-your-center, overdose-on-pain-pills, let-Redd-play-out-the-string, send-the-coach-to-a-rest-home, fire-the-ticket-takers, win-or-don’t-show-your-face-in-the-city tests of whether the Bucks should have bothered showing up in the NBA this season.

Now that that’s out of my system …

THE WIZARDS, often referred to here as the Wiz.  Coach Flip Saunders has, as far as I’ve been able to gather, refused to vote Andrew Bogut to the East All-Star squad these last two seasons, all the more reason to suit Bogut up and make sure Javale McGee doesn’t rebound all day over Jon Brockman.  Bogut is listed as “day-to-day” with a left rib muscle strain suffered against the Bulls, but had expected to practice today (Monday).  No word on whether he did or not but it’s not as though that’s as important as Michael Redd or anything, with the Bucks desperate to not fall any further behind the Pacers this week.

The last time the Bucks played the Wiz in Washington (Feb. 9), they were utterly embarrassed as Nick Young and a guy named Cartier Martin went off on them from 3-point-land (8 for 12 combined) and we all know the Bucks can’t score points in bunches.

Beyond the box score, the Bucks were still working their starting guards back into playing shape on the comeback from injury, and it was absolutely brutal watching the Bucks try to keep the Wiz in the building in the 3rd quarter.  This will be the first time this season the Wiz sees a healthy Milwaukee back court.

THE CAVS:  It’s at home.  Former Bucks point guard Ramon Sessions is still with them, fresh off that shoulder jaw butt that knocked Chris Paul out over the weekend.

Always good to see Sessions, the Cavs starting point guard since the Mo-for Baron trade last month.  One has the sense that Paul’s injury may have been meant for the injury prone Bucks.

The Bucks early season loss to the Cavs in Cleveland (on a last second jumper by Mo) ranks as one of the most entirely avoidable, regrettable Bucks losses that still has them trailing the Pacers and Bobcats in the standings.

21 thoughts on “Milwaukee’s daily newspaper continues odd fascination with some Bucks player named Michael Redd

  1. J.D. Mo. Post author

    Little Lloyd Walton, also drafted summer of 76. That’s when Fitzgerald took over as owner, as well, and the new era begun.

    Green and Growing, better each year!!

    It has to be one of the quickest, most effective full scale rebuilds in NBA history. By 1980 they were contenders again.

  2. Kevin

    The merger strengthened the league with Denver added to our division. Also, Meyers was injured at the start of that 76-77 season. Buckner was raw but he was drafted because 1975 All Star point guard Jim Price could not fully recover from his knee injury and was sent to Denver. Gary Brokaw and Elmore Smith were traded to Cleveland in a terrible salary dumping deal. Four rookies were on the opening day roster. It all adds up to a dropoff of 8 wins. But the seeds were sown for the good years to come.

  3. J.D. Mo. Post author

    1975-77, the lost years … and the final year before the NBA-ABA merger. But also the years I started following the team. Bobby Dandridge and Winters were the fan favorites, our All-Stars, and in the 1976 draft we were able to pick up Quinn Buckner and Alex English (the compensation from Atlanta resulting from the Dr. J business). Plus, Swen came over from the ABA — that 3-and-15 start that led to Costello’s firing was very disappointing back then. The Bucks were such a good shooting group – but I think they had stopped playing anything resembling defense. …

  4. Kevin

    Part of the Costello era was 1975-76. The first post Kareem year and winning the division with a 38-44 record. They also won the season series with LA 3-2, losing the first two. They had the same 12 man roster for the entire season, the only time they have done that and I don’t know if any other team ever did. It was Jon McGlocklin’s last year, who didn’t play much, so we didn’t get to see the shooting tandem with Winters too often. They lost to the 36-46 Pistons in the first round 2-1, all three games decided by 3 points. The last game, futute Bucks coach Chris Ford stole the ball on the potential game winning possesion inbounds pass.

  5. Kevin

    1994-95 the Bucks missed the playoffs by one game with 34 wins, the first year with Big Dog. Then the next year, they traded both starting guards. But I won’t dwell on those years.

  6. Kevin

    Wow. 30-52 was the Bucks record in that sorry 76-77 season. A 3-15 start will do that. Your passion for 1986 compares to mine in the Larry Costello years. Anyway, Jordan missing 64 games contributed to all those losses. After that year, the Bulls owned the Bucks, even before we got to the bad years.
    That 1986 Philly series was exciting, we were a Dr. J jump shot going in away from losing, though. And the Sixers were without Jeff Ruland. Had to say it, he would have killed us just like Moses did. And Lister was our starting center.
    If Redd can make a shot, I would bring him off the bench, with CDR in the doghouse and Carlos shooting bowling balls. The offense the way it is will not cut it.

  7. J.D. Mo. Post author

    The Olajawon-Sampson Twin Towers Rockets had a tough 6-game road trip East late in the season on which they split, losing by a bunch in Milwaukee and Boston, and losing in Detroit. Looks like this prepared them well for the West playoffs and their “upset” of the Lakers, which really wasn’t much of an upset at the time. They split a home and home with LA in the regular season after the Eastern Conference swing.
    I couldn’t help but be reminded of the frustration of the Bucks playing in the East, knowing almost every season that if the Bucks were in the West, they’d have stood a good chance of getting to the NBA Finals. Six straight years of failing to get there out of the East will have that effect.
    The Rockets would very likely have finished sixth in the East behind Detroit in 1986, stuck playing Philly with no home court advantage in Round One, then on to face the Bucks in Round Two if they survived that. Instead, because they played in the West, all they had to do to make the Finals was beat Kareem and Magic, no small task, but still much more doable than the Eastern Conference gauntlet that the Bucks, Celtics and Sixers had to endure every spring for seven straight seasons until Moncrief’s knees gave out and Dr. J retired.

  8. J.D. Mo. Post author

    The Bulls split with the Twin Towers Rockets that season, who went on to upset the Lakers in the West finals and lose to Bird’s Celtics in the Finals. What a year. I remember getting to the East Finals by beating Philly was like winning it all, then to have Bird and McHale waiting for the Bucks was too daunting. Celtics swept, and by then the Lakers had fallen to the Rockets, and the Finals were anti-climactic. What a season, great basketball and the Twin Towers presenting a new dilemma for the league. It should be noted that this was not the Bucks best title shot in the 1980s, not even close.

  9. J.D. Mo. Post author

    Jordan was 1 win, 5 losses against Sidney, Cummings, Pressey, Pierce, Lister, Hodges and the Bucks that season. Randy Breuer our starting center.

    The Bulls were also 1 and 5 against Bird’s Celtics and 1 and 5 against Doc’s Sixers and 1 and 5 against Dominique’s Hawks. And 2-4 against the Pistons. 0 and 2 against magic’s lakers for a total of 6 – 26 against the top six teams in the league (Houston won 51 games but that was a lot easier to do in the West than it was in the East, where Houston would have been 6th best).

    The Bulls were 24 and 26 vs. everybody else, which wasn’t too shabby considering how good even the middling teams in the mid-1980s were. They’re about to let Bernard King into the Hall of Fame, and his Knicks teams were never really close to winning the East.

  10. J.D. Mo. Post author

    How tough was the 23-team NBA in the Golden Age of the 1980’s? The 6 through 8 seeds in both conferences in 1986 had losing records, the Spurs with a 35 win team in the West.

    Michael Jordan’s Bulls were the 8th seed in the East with a grand total of 30 wins. Jordan and the Bulls were swept by Bird’s Celtics in Round One.

    The schedules were more weighted back then, so if you were in the East, you had 24 games against the West and 58 against the likes of the Bucks, Celtics, Pistons and Sixers, and the Dominique Wilkins Hawks. It’s impressive that not even the Jordan-Woolridge-Oakley Bulls could win more than 30.

    Once in the playoffs, not even the hated Dr. J-Bobby Jones-Mo and Mo-Charles Barkley! Sixers could win. They beat the Bullets in five and then fell to our Bucks in seven games in the East semis for a 7-7 playoff record.

    I wish today’s fans had a better sense of how diluted the league has become … on the one hand. On the other, I wish today’s Bucks fans had the pleasure of being part of the Nellie years, when nobody was jumping ship in spring because “pitchers and catchers report” was news of the week.

  11. J.D. Mo. Post author

    Wish I had thought of looking through the worst playoff records in history.
    I immediately thought of Detroit two years ago with 39 wins and then Atlanta in 2008 with 37 wins. Remember, that Atlanta team gave the Celtics championship team a seven game series in Round One.

    Boston notched the 8th spot with 36 wins in 2004.

    The Clippers, as you noted, made it with 36 back in 1997.

    Aha – the Celtics in 1995 made 8th with just 35 wins.

    The Bullets in 1984 — first playoffs with the diluted 8-team format — 35 wins.

    In 1985 seeds 6, 7 and 8 in the East had losing records. Cleveland and Phoenix made it with 36.

  12. J.D. Mo. Post author

    I don’t see how they can play Redd at all unless they’ve given up on the playoffs. I think Skiles’ comments reflected that, as he hemmed and hawed about it all depending where they’re at and whether the minutes he would get are critical in the playoff drive or not. I just thing Jennings and Bogut deserve better — as in, if they do work the Bucks into the 8th position, why should Redd ever be given critical minutes? It’s wrong.

    The defense that Salmons and Dooling play is far superior to anything Redd has ever imagined.

    What I would like to see them do is post 6-6 Salmons up more, working with Delfino and Ersan on the wing … that would be their most deadly and efficient offense. But I forget myself — Don Nelson is not the Bucks coach, and Salmons is not Sidney Moncrief or Ricky Pierce.

  13. Kevin

    With Redd and Gooden coming back, we will have a full roster for 13 games if all else remains the same. At least we can see what might have been.

  14. Kevin

    The worst record making the playoffs that I remember is 36-46, Atlanta in 1972, Detroit in 1976 and the Clippers in 1997.
    Two wins in a row is a good start, but again it was against Washington and Cleveland, depleted as well.

  15. J.D. Mo. Post author

    Maggette is out tonight, too, Skiles said. I suppose he’ll hold them out on this back to back and hopefully have them get some practice time before the Philly game.

  16. J.D. Mo. Post author

    The Bucks continue to list Ilyasova as “OUT”. Maybe Saturday against Philly.

    AP is reporting that Gooden might even be able to play in about a week. I don’t know if it makes any sense to do anything with GOoden except play him spot minutes off the bench but if he can help down the stretch, that’s good enough.

  17. J.D. Mo. Post author

    I was counting last night’s win as one of the 12, but you’re right — they have to play well to split these games or win 11 of the remaining 20. The Bucks will not be backing into this playoff spot — they will have to earn it.

    Maggette and Ersan are listed day-to-day, and the Bucks have two days to practice before the Philly game Saturday, so Maggette, certainly, will be back. I don’t know why they’re holding back on Ersan but it would be great to see him at least suit up tonight and get a few minutes against the Cavs. Time to go check on that to see if there’s anything new leading up to gametime.

  18. Kevin

    There are 20 games left. Five of the last eight are on the road, which includes Miami, Orlando and OKC. After Philadelphia, who we can’t beat especially without Maggette and Ersan, it’s off to Boston and Atlanta. Home games against the Magic, Knicks and Bulls. At New York. So, they have to win two of those and all the rest to win 12. And it may take more than that.

  19. J.D. Mo. Post author

    A game here, a game there, they’d be right behind Philly and NY. What matters now is whether they’re playing well in these last 21, well enough to win 12 of the games. The Pacers probably won’t win more than seven or eight the rest of the way, considering how tough their schedule is, so up to the Bucks to pull it together, starting this week. One game down, two to go.
    They won’t be able to back in to the playoffs, and that’s good. They’ll have to earn that spot by winning down the stretch.

  20. Kevin

    If they didn’t collapse in some of these recent losses, they would be right with the Pacers. But a nice win in Washington. No Rashard Lewis or Blatche. Woo hoo. If the Bucks are a playoff team, Jon Brockman is the next Wilt Chamberlain.

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