The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks
Too bad Gilbert Arenas won't be able to play tonight -- and not just because the Washington Wizards desperately need something to go their way in the early part of the season. But it would have added some serious spice to an otherwise bland game on the NBA schedule.
Remember what Arenas had to say when his former Arizona teammate Richard Jefferson was traded from New Jersey to Milwaukee last summer? Arenas mocked Jefferson in his blog, and added four words that Bucks fans surely can't forget: "Every player hates Milwaukee."
Now, the Wizards will just try to focus on winning their first game of the season in a place that has not been kind. The Bucks have won 14 of the past 18 games against Washington at Bradley Center in the past 10 seasons.
The Bucks are 2-2 this season, but they could easily be 3-1, if not for a difficult 91-87 loss to Toronto in their home opener last Saturday. They beat New York 94-86 on Saturday, although Michael Redd sprained his ankle in the third quarter of that game and point guard Luke Ridnour was on the inactive list with back spasms. Both are listed as day-to-day for the game Wednesday.
Here's what you should know about the Bucks heading into the game:
1. New Coach Scott Skiles doesn't mess around. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a story on his intensity, which isn't so bad in the initial years -- although stints in Phoenix and Chicago prove that his harsh stances eventually wear on his players.
2. New Bucks General Manager John Hammond, a former executive with the Detroit Pistons, is quickly making moves in Milwaukee. Within a few weeks, he traded Yi Jianlian to get Jefferson, and later sent Mo Williams to Cleveland. This Q&A offers a little insight into his vision.
3. With a new coach, Jefferson and an unproven point guard in Ramon Sessions, the Bucks are still trying to figure each other out.
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