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Brandon's summer mixtape courtesy of Dime

Yahoo: Jennings feeling chatty about Team USA
Marc Spears adds some fuel to the "Brandon Jennings vs. Team USA/Nike" fire:

"It’s not my call. That’s on them," Jennings told Yahoo! Sports. "But if you want to get technical about it and you really want to look at it, half of the guys there are Nike guys. I’m not saying it’s a Nike thing, but Nike is kind of running a lot of things right now. To have a guy like myself on the USA team that’s flashy and really outgoing, you don’t want Under Armour to get all that [publicity].

"I’m just telling you how it is."

I'm not sure this is a battle worth fighting from Jennings' perspective, but then again it's also classic Brandon: subverting the dominant hoops paradigm with a dash of strangely unoffensive self-righteousness. It's kind of obnoxious, but also kind of lovable. And while it's not really an immediate concern, this kind of stuff also makes me somewhat more optimistic about the Bucks' chances of keeping Brandon for the long term, simply because he's a contrarian who seems to relish the outsider/underdog role of being in Milwaukee. Don't go changing on us, Brandon... 

FanPosts: Reviewing Delfino's World Championships
Palomba dropping some knowledge, South American style.

JS: Video Insider
Putting newspaper guys on camera isn't always a great idea, but I thought Charles Gardner comes across well here. I've never heard anything but nice things about the guy and you can see strong hints as to why just from that short clip. Content-wise there's nothing earth-shattering, though it's nice to hear some more affirmation of optimism around Bogut's return. And as Speedy noted first, it's pretty funny to hear that Brian Skinner has been working out at the Cousins' Center--thus providing an explanation for SamCassellforPrez's Skinner sighting a couple weeks back (great call!).

Also, I listened to it twice and I'm 99% sure Garry Howard made a "Hammonds" reference in there. I'm also 99% sure Howard knows the proper spelling of the Bucks' GM, but I'm continuously amazed at how frequently people call him that.

Yahoo: Chemistry 101 in Milwaukee
The health of Andrew Bogut is the biggest question mark heading into the season, so naturally we were all excited to hear that he was back on the court last week. 
But I was also a bit nervous.  What if he reinjures his finger or somehow suffers a setback with his tender elbow--all because of a meaningless pre-training camp scrimmage? That would be, um, not cool. Fortunately everybody was taking it easy, right? 

"I had to foul him on a fast break and I actually threw him on the ground," Gooden said. "I forgot his elbow was messed up. He was playing pretty well out here, so you kind of forget that."

Hey Drew, just a tip if you want any chance of making it in Milwaukee: COOL OUT. The last guy to unintentionally injure Bogut in the preseason was Steve Blake, and we all know how that worked out. Can we just put Bogut in one of those "don't touch him" red practice jerseys that they give quarterbacks? 

BUCKS.com: Fox Sports Wisconsin will broadcast 70 games, all in HD
Every year Bucks fans seem to complain about a shortage of HD games--well, complain no more. 

Bucksketball: Bucks' PFs developing
Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders have both been working on their games this off-season, but in very different ways.

OnMilwaukee.com: Cassell and Maggette planning new Milwaukee hot spot
Sam Cassell, Corey Maggette, Antonio Freeman and Penny Marshall are opening a restaurant in Milwaukee.  Why not? (h/t EastSide at RealGM)

Mahoney says the menu also will include specialty dishes not found in Milwaukee like chicken and waffles.

"We're really focused on creating an upscale and unique kitchen," Mahoney says. "We want to do some different things and put our flavor on it."

Ford: Bucks' offseason gets a B-
Whatever that means.