The dog days of the NBA summer are over, the optimism of camp is upon us, and Saturday will bring something even more exciting: Real NBA players playing actual (but not quite NBA) basketball.
Keeping up with tradition, the Bucks will hold an open scrimmage and second annual "Fan Fest" starting Saturday morning at 10 am at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, highlighted by an intrasquad scrimmage from 11 am to noon. Afterwards there will be autograph and photo sessions with players and coaches, plus food, interactive exhibits, Bango, video games, Bucks Dancers, Hoop Troop, ticket reps, and every other Bucks-related thing you could ever hope for (Marty Conlon using a jetpack to dunk? OK, maybe not everything).
Tickets are of course free (WOOT!) and it's first come/first serve, so if you're in the Milwaukee area we highly encourage you to head down to check out the new/improved/not-depressing-at-all 14/15 Bucks. And if you can't make it in person, the Bucks have typically live streamed it as well (though I don't see specifics of that just yet...they'd presumably prefer you actually show up in person). Oh, and afterwards give us your full report in the Fanposts, OK?
All of the Bucks' big names should be available, though Khris Middleton (cyst) only returned to practice on Friday and Damien Inglis (foot) remains out for at least another month. But expect to see lots of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Brandon Knight and the newly-bespectacled Larry Sanders.
Khris Middleton returned and went through the entire practice today, according to coach Jason Kidd. #Bucks— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) October 3, 2014
Kidd said team will be divided into two squads of 8 for the scrimmage. Team will hold practice session before public scrimmage starts.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) October 3, 2014