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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

Bucks Guarantee Contract Of Kendall Marshall For 14-15 Season

The Milwaukee Bucks have guaranteed the contract of Kendall Marshall for the 14-15 season.

The Bucks could have waited until January to make a decision on Marshall, but he made a strong impression in training camp and earned the backup point guard job.

The Bucks acquired Marshall on a waiver claim in July after being released by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bucks Waive Micheal Eric

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Micheal Eric.

Eric, 26, was signed to Milwaukee’s training camp roster on Sept. 27. He appeared in four games this preseason for the Bucks and averaged 5.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

The NBA has released its annual survery of general managers with the San Antonio Spurs receiving 46.2 percent of the votes for which team will win the 2015 Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came in second with 15.4 percent, followed by the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City tied for third at 11.5 percent. The Golden State Warriors received 3.8 percent of the vote.

LeBron James is the expected winner of MVP with 67.9 percent, followed by Kevin Durant at 21.4 percent. 

James is also the player most GMs would choose to build a franchise around with 50 percent of the vote, though that is down from 89.7 percent last season. Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant each received 25 percent of the vote.

Jabari Parker is a heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year with 75 percent of the vote, followed by Andrew Wiggins at 17.9 percent.

Gregg Popovich is considered the best head coach in the NBA with 92.9 percent of the vote.

Via John Schuhmann/NBA.com

Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

The Oklahoma City Thunder have joined the Philadelphia 76ers in opposing the NBA's proposed changes to the draft lottery system, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports that the Milwaukee Bucks will also oppose the proposal.

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

Uner the proposed new system, the worst four teams have a 12 percent chance at the first pick, No. 5 has an 11.5 percent chance, No. 6, 10 percent, and on down.

The changes have been triggered by a response to the 76ers' pursuit of high draft picks in successive seasons.

Presti's belief is that the changes would give big market teams another advantage.

"Everyone is too focused on Philly, on one team in one situation," said one sympathetic GM. "The only chance for a lot of teams to ever get a transformational player is through the draft, and eventually we are all going to be in the lottery, in that spot. The teams that'll drop from two to eight, or three to nine – that's just going to take the air out of those fan bases and franchises. They'll get little, if any chance, to improve.

"We are going to see more big-market teams who just missed the playoffs jump up and get a great young player at the top of the draft. And people are going to go "What the [expletive] just happened?"

The 76ers and Thunder need six more teams to join them in opposing the rule change before Wednesday's vote.

As one Western Conference GM said, "Then there will be no going back. I hope we know what we're doing with this one."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kidd Denies Seeking More Power From Nets

Jason Kidd was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason after a reported failed power move.

Kidd returns to New York to face the Knicks on Monday, and he denied seeking additional power. Kidd was traded for two second-round picks.

"No, I don't need any power," Kidd said. "My [job] is to learn how to be a coach and be the best coach that I can be."

"Did I want to be traded? I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs."

Meanwhile, Paul Pierce told NBA.com that the Nets did not offer him a contract in free agency because the team "wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren't going to be a contender."

"I believe it," Kidd said when asked about Pierce's comments about not being offered a contract. "I mean, if they don't offer [Pierce] a contract worth what a first-round pick is, then why did we do the deal [last year for Pierce and Garnett]?"

Via Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Milwaukee Bucks Archives

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.

Clippers Trade Jared Dudley, 1st Round Pick To Bucks For Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica

The Clippers have traded Jared Dudley to the Bucks, according to a source.

Bucks Expected To Soon Sign Damien Inglis

Damien Inglis expected to be a first round pick before he broke his foot in a workout in Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bucks Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Kendall Marshall was previously waived by the Lakers.

Bucks To Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

The Bucks will claim Kendall Marshall off waivers, according to sources.

Bucks Close To Deal With Jerryd Bayless

Jerryd Bayless finished this past season with the Celtics following a trade from the Grizzlies.
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