The Basketball Diary | Tobias Harris balling in the Big Apple (h/t RealGM)
It's September, which means we can't be too picky when it comes to seeing fresh footage of our beloved Bucks in action. With that in mind, take a gander (above) at Tobias Harris putting on a nice little show in New York City recently as part of the Nike Pro City summer league. The defending is um, questionable, but that's OK. Besides, Tobias raining threes and dunking on guys is always a good time, right?
Bucks.com: World Wide Bucks
Alex puts on his cartography hat with a pretty awesome Google Maps summary of the basketball (and Bucks) world as we know it. Beware: you can waste a lot of time playing with those maps. In part II, Alex looks at how Wisconsin stacks up as a basketball hotbed; interestingly, no Milwaukeean has ever played for the Bucks.
JS: Luc Mbah a Moute recovering from knee surgery
Will Luc Mbah a Moute be Scott Skiles' starting small forward on opening night? That's one of the big questions we'll be tracking when training camp kicks off in less than four weeks, but first thing's first: Luc has to get healthy. He told the JS last week that he was progressing well after surgery in early May to address the knee tendinitis that limited him to 47 games last season, but that doesn't mean he's ready to roll...yet.
"At this point I'm not sure," Mbah a Moute said of being ready on the opening day of training camp. "My goal is to be ready for camp, but if not, make sure I'm ready. I don't want to rush that."
Mbah a Moute said he is glad he had the surgery, which was performed by Neal ElAttrache, the team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It was hurting me and hurting my game," he said.
We'll cross our fingers that Mbah a Moute is good to go a month from now, but in the meantime it's probably worth asking what happens if Mbah a Moute's recovery eats into training camp (we've seen this sort of thing happen before, no?). The silver lining would be an increased opportunity for Harris to get plenty of reps at small forward, something that most fans are pining for after watching him dominate lesser competition in Vegas. It's an opportunity Harris didn't have last December, when he was sidelined somewhat inexplicably with dehydration early in camp and missed most of the preseason. But with Carlos Delfino gone and the Bucks yet to sign (or trade for) another wing player, all signs point to the Bucks showing an increased willingness to see what Harris can do.
As for Mbah a Moute, focusing on rehab unfortunately meant canceling his annual summer camp back home in Cameroon (check out some video from 2011), but he still managed to join Jim Boylan and a group of other NBA players and coaches in South Africa for a Basketball Without Borders camp in late August.
Paschketball: Brandon Jennings and Joel Przybilla talk 12/13
Plenty of video worth checking out over at Bucks.com, including features on Brandon Jennings' camp at Homestead High School (my alma mater!) and a Joel Przybilla interview from a recent Brewers' tailgate.
Bucksketball | Figure 4: What to do at power forward
Tony Atkins dissects what could go right--and wrong--at the power forward position this year. Hint: EVERYTHING.
SBNation.com | Top 2013 NBA Free Agents
Brandon Jennings checks in at #11 on Tom Ziller's top 30 free agents for 2013, while Monta Ellis doesn't fare quite so well.
JS | Henson a Cowboys fan but loves Titletown tour
John Henson isn't perfect: he's a Cowboys fan. But he's now working out full time in Milwaukee ahead of camp starting at the end of the month, and the Bucks are doing the best to set him straight. There's a nice video piece at Bucks.com too.