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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Charlie Bell touted as the "pickup of the year"

The esteemed Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune is calling Milwaukee G Charlie Bell the "pickup of the year". I agree. He has certainly been magnificent since coming back from his earlier injury, and he has risen to the occasion since getting added responsibilities in the last couple of weeks. Clearly, GM Harris has a real eye for the hidden gem. Bell was so hidden in fact that he nearly retired after playing last season overseas. So Harris literally grabbed him off the scrap heap. Here's what Smith had to say about the former Spartan in his recent column:

Pickup of the year? Try the Bucks' Charlie Bell, who said he was considering retirement after playing in Italy and Spain the last four years. He has scored in double figures the last seven games, averaging 14.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds in that span with T.J. Ford hurt. Against the Suns, Bell became the fifth player to record a triple-double in one of his first four NBA starts, joining Magic Johnson, Edgar Jones, Andre Miller and Scottie Pippen.

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