Bucks Diary

Friday, October 20, 2006

Will the Bucks survive November?

Can I start to worry now? Instead of building momentum toward the regular season the Bucks are starting to look like the skycycle Evel Knievel launched and promptly crashed into the Snake River. Last night they put on an extremely putrid performance losing to the Dallas Mavericks 88-71. Plain and simple, they look like a very bad basketball team.

The problems? Let me get my scroll.

Gadzuric suddenly can't make shots and isn't really rebounding. Villanueva has been half-hearted. Blake is shooting like he's TJ Ford. Greer left his game in Europe. Ilyasova doesn't look ready for prime time. Skinner looks like a smaller version of Magliore, complete with the bad shooting and turnovers. Markota is strictly NBDL material... and on and on. The only ones who have looked good at all have been Redd, David Noel, and Ruben Patterson. How will the Bucks win games with this roster?

And I don't want to hear that its just preseason, either. A team with talent and depth doesn't perform like the Bucks did the last two nights, I don't care if they're playing the Harlem Globetrotters in mid-August. Hell, its just preseason for the Bulls, too, and they look like gangbusters. They look like a young team trying to establish itself. A team who is using the preseason to develop young talent and to hone themselves for a big start. The Bucks look like vomit. Who would you rather be?

For the Bucks to have any confidence at all going into the regular season they need Mo Williams to suck it up, get over his hangnail... excuse me jammed thumb... come back and take charge of the offense. And they desperately need Charlie Villanueva to stand tall and show some heart. He must assume the role of threat 1A behind Redd. To do that he has to move his game beyond where it was last year. So far he's moving it backwards.

Photo credit: Tony Gutierrez of the Associated Press


At October 20, 2006 at 12:50 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Yeah, but the jerseys are awesome

At October 20, 2006 at 6:56 PM, Blogger Jeramey said...

Where have you seen that Villanueva has been half-hearted? I haven't seen that reported anywhere and didn't see that in the one game I was able to catch live.

At October 20, 2006 at 10:33 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

Bulls v. Bucks preseason intensity?

Scott Skiles v. Terry Stotts?


At October 26, 2006 at 2:33 PM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

In answer to Jeramey: I think Villanueva can do better than 8 points in 29 minutes. If he can't the Bucks are in a world of hurt. Jsonline recently had an article outlining his struggles. He'll come around though.

In answer to Press: Last year I famously went out on a limb for Stotts, and everyone and his grandma got out their chainsaws... The guy at "End of the Bench" holds it against me to this day!...I have since seen the light... Stotts is an office manager, not a head coach... and you're right, when it comes to attitude the team takes its cue from the top.


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