Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thursday Bucks Notes

  • Bob Wolfley at the JS uncovered a video with some insight on the rivalry between Yi's two fan clubs: and It's all in good fun, so don't shoot the messenger, people.
  • highlights of the Bucks' win over the Jazz. Shockingly no Yi!
  • Steve Luhm's JS recap from the game last night (box score). Luhm writes for the Salt Lake Tribune but I'm guessing the JS didn't send anyone to Utah for the game. As usual, we're left to overanalyze Yi's performance, but I was more interested in the explanation of Mo Williams' absence:
    Sessions benefited from the absence of Mo Williams who, according to Krystkowiak, "dinged" his shoulder Tuesday night against Chicago and was held out as a precaution.
    Keep in mind Mo injured his left shoulder against Denver last year and wore a vest during parts of camp, so keep an eye on this. The offense continues to look ragged but coming into camp we knew that part of the Bucks' game should be fine. The defense was the question, and so far, so good according to Coach K:
    "It's certainly not time to celebrate because it's going to be a work in progress," he said. "But I've been somewhat blown away with our guys' focus defensively" since the start of training camp.
  • Luhm also has a brief article on Andrew Bogut, who continues to have fans in Utah after his brief but prestigious college career there.
  • Marty Burns at CNN/SI writes about Yi's first week in camp. Aside from his comment about Yi being best suited to SF, Burns continues to provide probably the best national media coverage of the Yi situation.
  • Charles Gardner writes that Larry Harris was pleased with the Bucks' opener against the Bulls.
    "We had a team defensively that showed great grit throughout the whole game," Harris said. "In the first half we had 10 steals and 15 turnovers we forced. Again, we really focused our first week on defense, and that was very apparent by our aggressiveness.

    "From a players' standpoint, I think Andrew really got us started early. He's played very well in camp. Awvee Storey and Royal Ivey did a nice job off the bench. Desmond Mason did a good job for us to start the game.

    "Mo (Williams) and Michael (Redd) have been through the wars in the pre-season, so they were just kind of getting their feet wet."

  • This summer the posters at, the official Yao Ming fan club, were great for providing pictures, video and commentary on Yi's performances with the Chinese national team, and now they have a board focused on Yi as well.

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