1) The Bucks embraced the experience.
2) Larry Sanders' time in Milwaukee could be coming to an end.
3) Brandon Knight is the Bucks' hardest worker and quite likely their best player (for now).
"He is a combo guard, he can play off the ball or on the ball, I think playing under Jason Kidd has helped him more than any other player on our team. He's the best player on our team and he's definitely leading us."
4) Greg Foster has been instrumental in the development of John Henson.
"Oh man, he's been phenomenal for me, getting me to do the right things, staying after practice, getting into winning habits. I don't know if he realizes the affect he's had on me but it's pretty big.
5) Johnny O'Bryant is still relatively shy and has a lot to learn.
6) The Bucks have a development plan for Giannis.
Greg Foster hinted that Giannis has a personal long term development plan, further evidence of just how important Milwaukee view him to their long term success. Foster hinted that they would like to add a three point shot to Giannis' game in the future, but for now they don't want to overcomplicate things.
7) Kenyon Martin could really help some of the younger Bucks players develop.
8) Kendall Marshall prefers Milwaukee to LA.
9) Henson & Marshall have a fantastic relationship and support one another
10) Kendall Marshall doesn't believes being left handed is an advantage in the NBA.
11) Ersan Ilyasova was surprisingly physical and has the most polish offensively of any of the front court guys.
12) John Henson & Kendall Marshall have really emerged as a vocal leaders, especially defensively in the last few weeks.
Greg Foster spoke about how both guys have really embraced their role and are enjoying being part of a winning team for a change. The team bond is strong enough that even rotation players are more than happy to shout at the starters to tell them what to do.
13) Jared Dudley provided a detailed explanation of the Bucks' offense for you basketball nerds out there.
We run what is called a "push" offense where you space it out, you can run through the elbow, you can throw ahead, you can switch sides. When I was with the Clippers we had an elite point guard in Chris Paul making plays, on this team it's dependent on how the defense guards you. Sometimes it can be a flare, it can be back doors, so it gives you a lot of options and versatility offensively.
Offensively we don't really have a star, so we know it's defensively we will have to hang our hat on. We are pretty tall and athletic for our positions, so we try and get after guys and force a lot of pressure to get into our transition offense.
14) John Henson averaging 3.6 fouls per game so far in January may not be a bad thing.
Greg Foster said he believed Henson's high foul rate was a good sign some ways: "There's no reason to waste your fouls," Foster noted, referencing Henson having fouls to spare in his limited minutes. So in many ways the high foul rate is proof that Henson is going out there and being a physical presence. Foster believed that is one area of Henson's game which he need to improve, both defensively and offensively (setting screens etc).
I managed to spend some time talking with Charles Gardner (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), Mark Rosenberg (Bucks' PR Manager) and Catherine Mumford (NBA Communications Coordinator). All were extremely pleasant and interesting to speak to during the week.
I also want to say a massive thank you to Brew Hoop for helping me get credentials to this year's game. I hope you have enjoyed the coverage brought to you from London!