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After an earlier report from Chad Ford suggested his relationship with the Bucks had soured, Brandon Jennings denied the claim and insisted he never said anything suggesting it.
According to Brandon Jennings himself, those unnamed sources have it all wrong.
According to ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard, Jennings has denied an earlier report from ESPN's Chad Ford citing a source who indicated Jennings had "irreconcilable differences" with the Bucks and was pushing his new management to get him out of Milwaukee as soon as possible.
Jennings said, "That is not true'' about his supposed discontent with the Bucks organization. "That stuff never came out of my mouth.''— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 13, 2013
The fact that Jennings has denied the report isn't surprising. Even if there was an element of truth to the story in his mind, allowing rumors like this to float around with his future still so uncertain would be a highly questionable move for Brandon.
Reaction was obviously charged after Ford's story went up, with many seeing it as confirmation of Jennings' suspected big-city leanings. But it's worth noting that Jennings has been vocally supportive of Milwaukee in the past as well, favorably comparing it to Italy where he played professional ball after high school, and even defending it after salvos of disrespect from players like Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.
What's more, the rationale behind his alleged dissatisfaction seemed a little fishy. While it's obviously plausible that something like All-Star voting could be swayed by something as trivial as name-recognition on a national scale, you'd be hard pressed to point out something Jennings has missed out on specifically because of the team he plays for. In fact, as Yahoo!'s Kelly Dwyer explains, he's done pretty well for himself given the circumstances.
Honestly, Brandon Jennings is one of the few players in this league that has a memorable endorsement deal with a shoe company, and he’s managed that in spite of his status as a Milwaukee Buck, and in spite of his (to be frank) solid play that still falls a few giant paces behind that of NBA All-Stars.
There's simply too much variability in nearly every facet of Jennings' basketball career thus far to make any conclusive judgement. Could he be a better player if he had better teammates and player for a high-profile organization? Maybe. Is that reason enough to torch his relationship with the team that drafted him and has, by all accounts, been extremely supportive of him despite his shortcomings on the court? Probably not.
So after a wild afternoon of speculation, we're largely back where we started. Wonder how the Mavericks feel?