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Larry Sanders Suspended One Game By NBA For Pushing Nicolas Batum While Elevated

Larry Sanders has been suspended one game for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back as he elevated toward basket on Dec. 17, the NBA announced on Thursday.

The incident took place in the Portland Trail Blazers' win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jabari Parker Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn ACL

Jabari Parker has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Parker suffered the injury in the Milwaukee Bucks' win on Monday at the Phoenix Suns.

Parker was the second overall pick out of Duke in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Jabari Parker Carried Off With Sprained Left Knee

Jabari Parker crumpled to the floor with a left knee injury and had to be carried to the locker room in the Milwaukee Bucks' win over the Phoenix Suns.

The injury occurred with 10:54 left in the third quarter as Parker drove in transition. His knee buckled before contact with P.J. Tucker and a double foul was called on the play.

Parker tried to get off the floor but could not.

The Bucks termed the injury a sprained left knee and said he would not return to the game. More tests will be performed to determine the extent of the injury.

Via Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins Named Rookies Of The Month For November

Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for November.

Parker helped lead the Bucks to a 10-8 mark during October/November by averaging 11.9 points (T-1st among rookies), 6.1 rebounds (2nd), 1.7 assists (7th) and 1.33 steals (2nd) per game. He began his career by posting double-doubles in two of his first three games (11 points and 10 rebounds on Oct. 31 vs. Philadelphia, and 13 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 1 at Washington). In doing so, Parker became just the 14th player in the last 30 seasons to record multiple double-doubles within his first three career games, and the only teenager to accomplish the feat.

Wiggins averaged 11.6 points (2nd among NBA rookies), 3.7 rebounds and 1.13 steals in 15 games, all starts. He led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage at 44.0 percent (11-for-25). Among Western Conference rookies, Wiggins was 1st in scoring, steals and minutes played, 2nd in blocks and 3rd in rebounding.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks' Front Office Wanted Giannis Antetokounmpo At No. 13 Before Cuban Decided To Trade Pick

Donnie Nelson wanted the Dallas Mavericks to select Giannis Antetokounmpo with the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Mark Cuban elected to go with a plan that the Mavericks had set in place and passed on Antetokounmpo with the 13th pick, which they eventually traded down to the 18th pick and, where they got Shane Larkin.

“He’s making us look bad for sticking to our plan,” Cuban said Tuesday. “That was Donnie. That (taking Antetokounmpo) is what Donnie wanted to do and I said we should stick to the plan. The whole point was that I wanted to stick to the plan and Donnie was like, this guy’s going to be good. I’ll risk everything that he’s going to be good. I said, I believe you Donnie.

“But still, what if all of the sudden we find out that so-and-so (free agent) is dying to come to the Mavs and now you don’t have the cap room. That’s why we put together a plan and our consolation wasn’t too bad.”

Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds this season. Larkin was eventually traded for the Mavericks to bring back Tyson Chandler last offseason.

“You play the game, you take your chances,” Cuban said. “It’s always in hindsight that you look good or bad. Let’s put it this way, everybody was saying our Jason Kidd trade was horrible until 2011. So you just don’t know."

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Larry Sanders Embracing New Bucks' Culture Under Kidd

Larry Sanders has found his game again to start this season with Jason Kidd as head coach.

"It was being patient with myself," Sanders said. "I think some guys get down. You can't get too high or get too low.

"It's just finding your pace again. But Coach (Kidd) has been great, my teammates have been great with me and I'm just trying to play off of them."

Kidd and his staff made Sanders a centerpiece of their efforts from the beginning, working with him in Las Vegas during the summer and continuing during training camp.

"They came in and changed the culture; the (new) owners came in and changed the culture," Sanders said. "It's a whole different mind-set than I've ever had.

"We're really trying to build something new here and you could feel it. I'm just happy to be a part of it."

Via Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Giannis Becoming More Comfortable At Power Forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo played at power forward for a second straight game and was matched up against Serge Ibaka.

Antetokounmpo finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes.

"So far I like it," the 19-year-old said. "He (Ibaka) was quicker, more athletic than (Zach) Randolph.

"It was harder to go through him, but OK. Ibaka is Ibaka. He's one of the best defenders in the league. There aren't a lot of guys like him."

Via Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Bucks Encouraged By Progress Of Giannis In Small-Ball Power Forward Role

The Milwaukee Bucks have used Giannis Antetokounmpo as a small-ball power forward this season off the bench and he really showed his development in his 22 point, 14 rebound game on Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies while also defending Zach Randolph.

"We played through Giannis, and he didn't settle," said Jason Kidd. "He was getting the ball in the paint and was able to finish. You could see his growth coming along."

"He's such a skilled player," Larry Sanders said. "He's only just scratching the surface of how good he's going to be. He's just tapping into new abilities and trying on new things. He's really learning about himself and it's amazing to watch."

Antetokounmpo has talked about how his summer league experience boosted his confidence, while he also played some point guard and shooting guard in the preseason.

Via Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Prokhorov On Kidd: Don't Let The Door Hit You Where The Good Lord Split You

Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to the media for the first time in nearly a year on Monday and addressed the departure of Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets this past offseason.

“There is a nice proverb in English,” Prokhorov said. “Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord has split you.”

Kidd left the Nets to join the Milwaukee Bucks after reportedly seeking more power with the Nets.

“I think each side did what they thought was the best, and I like what we have now. I think our structure is optimal. We have a very strong, experienced coach, and a very strong GM in Billy King.”

Kidd led the Nets to a first round win over the Toronto Raptors in his lone season with the Nets.

“I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even,” Prokhorov added. “And we’ll see it on the court.”

Via Devin Kharpertian/The Brooklyn Game

Brandon Knight, Bucks End Extension Talks

Brandon Knight and the Milwaukee Bucks have broken off extension talks.

Knight plans to enter restricted free agency in 2015.

Knight was acquired by the Bucks from the Detroit Pistons in 2013.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Archives

Bucks Guarantee Contract Of Kendall Marshall For 14-15 Season

The Bucks could have waited until January to make a decision on Kendall Marshall.

Bucks Waive Micheal Eric

Michael Eric appeared in four games this preseason for the Bucks and averaged 5.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game.

GMs Predict Spurs' Title, LeBron For MVP, Jabari For ROY

The Spurs received 46.2 percent of the vote on which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals.

Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.

Kidd Denies Seeking More Power From Nets

Jason Kidd returns to New York to face the Knicks on Monday.

Larry Sanders Expected To Return For Start Of Season After Minor Surgery

Larry Sanders will miss the remaining three preseason games.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Bucks Exercise 15-16 Options On Antetokounmpo, Henson

Giannis Antetokounmpo appeared in 77 games last year during his rookie season and averaged 6.8 points with 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per contest.

Bucks Waive Chris Wright, Elijah Millsap

Chris Wright appeared in eight games for the Bucks in 2013-14.

Bucks Expressed Interest In Ray Allen But Were Declined

Ray Allen played his first 6 1/2 seasons with the Bucks.

Johnny O'Bryant Rehabilitating Grade III MCL Strain

No surgery is required, and Johnny O’Bryant has already begun the rehabilitation process.

Bucks To Start Giannis Antetokounmpo At Point Guard In Next Game

Giannis Antetokounmpo will start with Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker on the wings, Ersan Ilyasova at power forward and Zaza Pachulia at center.

Bucks Hire Peter Feigin As Team President

Peter Feigin has previously worked for the Knicks and will join Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens with the Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Increased Confidence, Height Since Last Season

Giannis Antetokounmpo has grown two inches since arriving in the NBA a year ago, shooting up from 6'9 to 6'11.

Bucks Interested In Negotiating Long-Term Deal For Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight will make $3.75 million this season in the last year of his rookie-scale deal.

Micheal Eric To Sign Deal With Bucks

Micheal Eric has agreed to a minimum salary deal with the Bucks, league sources told RealGM.

Bucks Expect To Keep Larry Sanders Part Of Future Plans

Larry Sanders will start his four-year extension this season.

Elijah Millsap Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Bucks

Elijah Millsap has signed a non-guaranteed deal to attend training camp with the Bucks, his agent told RealGM.

Wes Edens Primarily Responsible For Running Bucks

While Marc Lasry is a co-owner of the Bucks with Wes Edens, Lasry said it was Edens who is the managing partner of the team.

Damien Inglis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Bucks

Damien Inglis was the 31st overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
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