The Milwaukee Bucks are mixing business and pleasure in London this week, making the most of a week in England ahead of their NBA Global Games matchup with the New York Knicks on Thursday (2 pm CT). Ersan Ilyasova is expected to be back in uniform for his first action since suffering a concussion December 23 vs. Charlotte, while Carmelo Anthony (knee) may return for the struggling Knicks.
Not that Melo is suddenly feeling all that much better -- surgery on his ailing knee appears likely no matter what happens this week. Still, the NBA and Knicks no doubt want to put their best foot forward, and a 5-35 Knicks teams sans Melo hardly qualifies. New York has lost 15 in a row, so even a half-speed Anthony would figure to be a major upgrade Derek Fisher's depleted rotation.
So what have the Bucks been up to? Thanks to the wonders of Twitter and Instagram, we know all about it. First there was travel:
Then there was sight-seeing:
And of course a bit of practice:
A trip to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge was on the Tuesday docket, which was especially sweet for the team's resident Chelsea fans, John Henson and Kendall Marshall:
As for the next couple of days, the Bucks will have a media session and open practice before the game on Thursday, and we'll have live coverage thanks to our man on the scene (and real life Englishman/Hornets blogger) James Plowright. We know James from his work at The Lottery Mafia and coverage of last year's game in London, and he'll be credentialed starting on Wednesday. So follow him on Twitter and be sure to check back here early and often for updates from the Bucks' British adventure. In the meantime, Charles Gardner of the Journal-Sentinel is also with the team in London and posting daily updates.