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1 12th April 02:26
europa2846
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From today's ESPN Insider: "He really plays in control for a rookie,"
one NBA scout said. "I think his jumper will come around. You can
teach that. You can't teach floor vision or leadership. He's had that.
I was big skeptic of his on draft night. I just thought he was too
small. But he's made a believer out of me. If he can start sinking
jumpers, the Bucks have their point guard for the next 10 years."
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2 12th April 02:26
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: one NBA scout said. "I think his jumper will come around. You can
: teach that. You can't teach floor vision or leadership. He's had that.
: I was big skeptic of his on draft night. I just thought he was too
: small. But he's made a believer out of me. If he can start sinking
: jumpers, the Bucks have their point guard for the next 10 years."

That's a good ****ysis of him. He is in control of himself on the court. How
he can score simple layups at the rim at his height, in the NBA, is a
feat. He also had a pullup J at 12' he missed...he was absolutely wide open.
That is the part of his game he does need to round out. Once it is there,
lookout...

Other stuff: can't agree more about Joe Smith. Although, where was his
shot last night? He is usually more on that that, missing wide open looks.
Dan Gad is doing some good things at the 5, finally Milw has someone at
that position. Santiago blocked a shot or 2, but he ****ed everywhere
else on the court.

Where do guys like David West come from? Why can't Milw get ahold of
one or three of them??

The team does give themselves a chance to win these games...I thought they
were out of it after the lead was getting to 10+. So it's kind of fun
this year. Nice that they finally have the change in mentality everyone
has been waiting for.

Adios,
Mac

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3 12th April 02:26
europa2846
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I agree about his sense of control. He has tremendous poise and court
awareness. That's an admirable quality in a 10-year vet, much less a 20-foot rookie.

I agree. I think the thing is he's gotten by with his speed for so long he
never really needed his jumper, but at this level he's going to need it
obviously. He does have good shooting form which I think will help him develop
a better outside game. That will come in time. I see no reason to believe
otherwise. And you're right, once he develops that aspect, he's going to be real scary.


I didn't see the Hornets game but it sounded like both teams left their
offenses at home. The Smith addition has been HUGE and has not gotten enough
attention as far as I'm concerned. He's so far beyond what this team has had at
PF for most of the past decade (hell past two decades), it's not even funny.
People ripped that trade because he hadn't lived up to his billing as the No. 1
pick. But what they didn't do was look at how he played when he was healthy. If
he just did that (which so far he has), he was going to help this team
immensely.
Yet another indication where people simply didn't look at what this team was
really all about and what it really had.

Yea, he's real rough around the edges. He either gives you some good offense
or nothing at all. Gadzuric has really improved his game, no doubt about that.
He's not a starter, but he should be a solid guy off the bench who will give
you good minutes and his aggressive play and intensity can't be over-stated.


It's frustrating when you see other teams unearth nuggets and the Bucks
don't or can't. But maybe that's starting to change. I'm telling you, if
Skinner can just stay healthy, a lot of folks might be asking the same question about him.


Yup. The 3-game losing streak is frustrating, no doubt. But their approach
on the floor and how hard they play makes this team so entertaining and fun.
And I do believe if they keep playing that way and get healthy (it's not easy
to win without 2 starters and a top bench guy out of the lineup), they will
make a strong playoff push and be an even more enjoyable team to watch in the
second half of the season.
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4 12th April 02:26
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I meant "20-year-old" rookie. If he was 20 feet tall, I don't think a lack
of perimeter game would be a real problem for him. <g>
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5 12th April 02:26
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On 10 Dec 2003 12:20:01 GMT, europa2846@aol.com (Europa2846) blurted:

I thought you meant he had 20 feet. I said dammmmmmmm, whuddafreak! And I
thought Smaq was a freak.


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