Monday, August 27, 2007

Redd and Team USA Down Brazil

  • Facing their first real test, Team USA blew out Brazil 113-76 on Sunday (box score). Michael Redd had another good game, chipping in 16 points (6/10 fg, 4/7 3fg) along with a rebound and a steal in 22 minutes. On Saturday the US torched Canada 113-63, with Redd scoring 19 points (6/14 fg, 5/10 3fg, 2-2 ft) along with 3 rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes (box score).
  • Croatia beat Turkey in the final of the EFES Pilsen World Cup 77-69. Damir Markota had 2 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes for Croatia, while Ersan Ilyasova had 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 18 minutes. Overall it was a disappointing tournament for Ilyasova, who found his minutes somewhat limited by the presence of both Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur.
  • Gery Woelfel has a couple quick thoughts on Bucks-related issues:
    Have you noticed how the silence has been almost deafening in contract negotiations between the Milwaukee Bucks and their top draft choice Yi Jianlian? It tells me two things: 1) Bucks owner Herb Kohl is now heavily involved in discussions, and 2) Yi will be under contract before the start of training camp Oct. 1. ... I guess it’s high time I become the arbiter in the stalemate between the Bucks and unsigned free-agent guard Charlie Bell and award the latter a three-year, $13 million contract.
    While the Bucks seem intent to quietly seek resolution to the Yi situation, Guangdong's owners have been more than willing to negotiate through the press, so perhaps the silence from both sides is what makes Woelfel think there's actually something happening behind the scenes. There's a rumor that Guangdong will be holding a press conference this week where the Yi situation could be discussed, so stay tuned. As for Charlie Bell, it's looking increasingly unlikely that an MLE-type deal comes floating his way. When Michael Redd was a restricted free agent five years ago, he missed the start of training camp before the Bucks finally matched his offer sheet from the Mavs.

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