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Thursday Notes: Bogut's deal, Redd in Vegas, Alexander reviewed

  • We've got more details on Andrew Bogut's contract, which will start at $10 million in 09/10 and escalate by $1 million each of the next four seasons.  Perhaps more importantly, the $12.5 million of incentives in Bogut's deal won't be reached easily. 
  • Charles Gardner talks to Scott Skiles about summer league, his new rookies, and the Bucks' latest signings.
    "Joe showed the great athleticism we knew he had, and the ability to make shots," Skiles said of the Bucks' first-round pick in the June draft, the eighth overall selection. "There are a lot of things he's got to learn.

    "Luc was one of the best overall individual defenders here, and he made some nice passes. Early in the week he had some easy ones around the basket that didn't go in for him. But he has a nice slashing game where he can cut to the basket."
  • Ian Thomsen at SI sees signs of life in Milwaukee.
    "I now have -- like we did in Phoenix -- more of a veteran club and not so many young guys, especially in key positions,'' Skiles said. "I don't want to use the word 'freedom' here, but you can live with things a little easier because you're not -- theoretically -- trying to teach them to play the NBA game. You're just going into the concentrating on your schemes and all that stuff.''
  • Alex previews Team USA's exhibition opener.  Speaking of those Americans, Alexander Wolff at SI says the "Redeem Team" is bringing a new attitude to the Olympics.
    If Jerry Colangelo had doubts that his vision would take, they began to evaporate in the fall of 2005, shortly after Milwaukee Bucks swingman Michael Redd walked into a Chicago hotel suite for an interview with Colangelo, the man appointed to reverse the slide in the global fortunes of U.S. basketball. Dressed in sweats and with a garment bag slung over his shoulder, Redd greeted the former Phoenix Suns owner, then asked to duck into the john. Moments later he emerged -- in a suit and tie.
  • Jon Mladic at HoopsWorld writes that the Bucks are flying under the radar.
  • It's only updated through Tuesday's game, but ESPN's David Thorpe at least saw some improvement in Joe Alexander's game.  Alex still has his doubts.
  • Bogut talks Olympic hoops with NBC.com.  Needless to say, he's come a long way since his first Olympic experience in 2004.
    My head was spinning a little bit. I was very, very young and immature. I was 19 years old. It just kind of hit me fast, I didn't really enjoy it like I should have. I think now, at the next Olympics, I'm going to be much more comfortable. In Athens I was still trying to get my stock lifted and to get drafted and all that type of stuff. Now I'm more comfortable so it'll be better to go in there a bit more relaxed.
  • Fox Sports Australia also has a Bogut profile.
  • Ramon Sessions is back in his native South Carolina running a basketball camp for kids.
  • Tom Skibosh of Wauwatosa Now writes that Mo Williams is keeping busy this summer by coaching a local AAU team.