Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd spoke before Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers, and gave new information regarding Larry Sanders' absence from the team, and the health of Ersan Ilyasova. He also discussed John Henson's recent strong play, and his team's goals for the month of January.
Below is a transcript of what he had to say:
On Ersan Ilyasova's concussion injury:
"He's out for a while, he's progressing, he's riding the bike. I think he is doing the protocol (concussion), but he's got a ways to go."
Is there anything further he can tell us about Larry Sanders' injury?
"No, he's out due to personal reasons and that's it. There's no timetable for his return."
Is Larry doing anything with the team right now?
What's your reaction to him not being with the team at all?
"Being sick, away from the team ... guys go on as you see. Charlotte we go on, we play without him, the other night we played without him. It's nothing new to this ball club, injuries happen. Train keeps moving forward."
Any other details he can add about Sanders?
"There's nothing I can give you more. That's the way the question will be answered."
On John Henson's recent strong play:
Fresh legs. I think for John it's consistent minutes. When you have Larry, when you have Zaza (Pachulia) and John, minutes were going to be low, maybe none. With that said, now it's him and Zaza. He's getting consistent time on the floor, and he's taking full advantage of it.
Do you adjust your goals as the season goes on?
"Nope, our goals won't change. We're learning how to play hard and play as a team. For 82 games, that's the only thing we're worried about. Wins and losses will take care of themselves, and positioning, that takes care of itself, too. No one needs to change their goals, just continue what they're doing, and build on doing the right thing and also when learning from mistakes."