Buck Droppings: Yi looks like the truth
Yi just keeps looking better and better. He's way ahead of Dirk Nowitzki's numbers at a comparable point in their careers.
And last night, against the best defense in the NBA, he had his best game yet. He can hit from the outside, he can handle a little, he's boarding now, and I even saw him drive around Tracy McGrady. This kid looks like the truth.
He's exactly what the Milwaukee Bucks needed after their latest number one draft pick turned out to be another busted flush...
Can we get Pryzbilla back?
What has happened to Andrew Bogut? He can't hit a shot. At all. He's missing everything he's putting up, and his offensive moves look, to quote Charles Barkley, "turr-i-ble". Whenever he manuevers in the lane it looks like he's carrying a piano on his back. He's so slow and unathletic.
And did I mention he can't shoot? He came into last night's game hitting a blistering 35% from the field, outstanding for a guy who can't shoot from outside 10 feet, and he managed to lower that mark with last night's 3-for-11 performance. What a joke this guy is.
And by the way, you ever notice how any time he's matched up against a half-way decent center, he produces nothing? Gee, that's the sign of a thoroughbred. Plays his worst against the best competition. He's clearly established that he is not the answer at center for the Bucks... or if he is, the question is something like, "Which other number one pick center, besides Kent Benson, never led the Bucks anywhere near a championship?" Hint: it wasn't this guy.
Last night things got especially comical. Bogut's first three shots... first three... were stamped "Return to Sender" by Yao Ming. You could almost hear Elvis singing in the background ("...the writing on it... aah Return to Sender, ad-dress unknown...").
I was listening to the game on my way back from Culver's, and Ted Davis had a priceless call of the action... "Bogut up with the shot... Blocked by Yao!... He got it back... Up again... BLOCKED AGAIN!!..."
Its time to think about dealing Bogut and Villanueva, while we still can. Bogut will never take us anywhere, and his market value is sinking by the game. Ditto for Villanueva, and throw in the fact that Yi has clearly established himself as the future at 4. I welcome your thoughts on that.
Redd needs to check his 3 wood
Michael Redd had another nice all around game tonight, and he's playing at a pretty high level right now, but he needs to put a governor on his three ball launcher. Last night he was 0-for-7 from downtown. I admire his perseverence, but come on. After 6 misses, wouldn't you just say "Uncle"? Especially when you're hitting 2s with Redd's proficiency. He was well over 50% from inside the arc. He should stay there. It would really aid his overall productivity and value to the team. To illustrate, his Eff48 for last night's game was a healthy 27.8. But if he would have just said no to the 3s, it would have been an all-star like 35.72. And the Bucks might have come up with better shots in those seven empty possessions.
Ever since I started propping Charlie Bell he hasn't done squat. Last night he was particularly ineffective. I should go back to dogging him.
Mo was okay, but can he please get to the line?
Mo Williams didn't have a great shooting night, and he wasn't extremely productive, but I liked his decision making nonetheless. He kept his shots down to a proper per minute ratio (.29 FGA/min) and kept his assists in line with them (.50 ass/FGA). Over the long haul, that's going to help the team. He's finally playing like a point guard. One beef, though: the m'fer still hasn't taken a free throw shot!! Its unbelievable. Will he ever take one again? Can he get in the lane and draw just one stinking foul? He is currently at 5 games, 60 shots and counting...
Unusual collegiate sidebar: The funk has returned to Marquette
I graduated from UW-Madison, but when I was a shorty my favorite college basketball teams were always the funky Marquette Warriors with their "no-tuck", funkadelic, you're-wearin-it-backwards-lookin', jerseys. Well, it seems the funk has somewhat returned to Quette! Sahweet! I love it!
Meanwhile, look at what they're proposing to have the Badgers wear. Antonym of sahweet! Are the Badgers trying for the all-time dorkiest look ever? How can you hoop when you look like Pippi Longstocking, for God's sakes?
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