Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Wednesday Bucks Notes

  • Yi, Yao and China defeated the Melbourne Tigers for the second time in three days, winning 84-78 as Yi tallied 20 points and 9 rebounds on 7/12 fg and 6/6 ft in just 21 minutes. Yao led China with 25. Video highlights above.
  • Gery Woelfel echoes previous reports about Charlie Bell's frustration in getting a new deal. Bell's agent Mark Bartelstein continues to hype foreign offers for his client, but hopefully the Bucks get something done, as losing Bell now would leave them short in the backcourt with precious few free agents still available--and not only that, they'd only have the veteran's minimum to offer. UPDATE: There are conflicting reports on whether or not Sarunas Jasikevicius is joining Greek team Olympiacos, but if he does it would drop Olympiacos out of the running for Bell. However, Tom Ziller notes Barcelona could step up and make a run at Bell given they were also hoping to sign Jasikevicius as a replacement for the Memphis-bound Juan Carlos Navarro.
  • Chris Mannix doles out Team USA grades, giving Michael Redd an A-.
    The long search for a steady perimeter threat is over thanks to Redd, the purest shooter to don a USA uniform since Ray Allen. Redd admits even he is noticing his impact on the floor. In a preliminary round game against Venezuela, James drove to the basket against single coverage thanks to the help defender being afraid to leave Redd open. Redd could pick up his defense a little, but any deficiencies are probably more noticeable due to the fact that he is usually replacing the ball-hawking Bryant in games.
    Boeder Bucks has more.

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