- Tom Enlund at the JS is once again covering the Bucks apparently, writing about Larry Krystkowiak's first camp experience. For all the controversy surrounding Yi and Charlie Bell, as well as the potentially inflated contract handed out to Mo Williams, the Bucks did just fine given who was available.
"I really like it," Krystkowiak said. "As I told Larry Harris when last season ended and we kind of threw the names up on the board - who was a free agent and who we wanted to get back - I think right down to a man, we got everything on our wish list.
"We got Charlie (Bell) back and we got Mo back," Krystkowiak said. "We signed Desmond. We got a couple of bigger, tougher bigs to help out. We got a couple guys healthy and back in the mix. Correct me if I'm missing anybody, but there's really nothing that got frustrating over the summer to where you said, 'Shoot, it would have been nice if we could have gotten him.'
"And then with the signing of Yi, and I think Ramon Sessions is a nice addition at the point. He has a bright future. So on paper, I think we're a couple people deep at each position and I like the way it sets up competitively."
- Jeramey at The Bratwurst has a really good breakdown of the Bucks current roster.
- Note that Puerto Rican forward Angelo Reyes is not on the Bucks training camp roster, so my guess is the Bucks might have released him once Ruffin and Walker were signed. That leaves the Bucks' camp roster at 16, meaning just one player (I'd guess Walker) needs to be cut before the regular season starts.
- Yi Jianlian had 21 points and 6 rebounds in China's victory over the Sydney Kings this morning, the last game in the CBA-Euroleague Challenge (highlights above). It was Yi's last game before he flies to Milwaukee tomorrow, and Charles Gardner reports he's due in camp on either Thursday or Friday.
- Marty Burns at CNNSI has a short camp primer for all 30 teams.
After waiting months for him to finally agree to play in Milwaukee, the Bucks at last get a look at their 6-11 Chinese prospect. It will be interesting to see how much the 19-year-old phenom can step in and contribute to a Milwaukee squad that is healthy again and poised to bounce back in the East.
- Marc Stein ranks the Bucks 17th in his first Power Rankings of the season. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around he could possibly put the Celtics at number two, but his Bucks ranking doesn't seem all that out of whack given the Bucks are something of an unknown quantity right now. Like Burns, Stein's blurb focuses on Yi, which will probably be a common theme for the national media's coverage of the Bucks: find the most hyped storyline and go with it, even if it's not the most relevant one. I agree with Alex at Boeder Bucks that Yi is unlikely to be one of the Bucks key players, even if he plays well.