Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  20 responses

Andrew Bogut: Bucks Made Too Many Changes Last Year

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The Milwaukee Bucks had a frustrating season last year, finishing two games out of the Playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. For their star big man, Andrew Bogut, things were even worse.

Bogut missed 17 games due to injuries, and had surgery to repair his right elbow (which he injured in a horrific fall on the court two seasons ago.) According to Andrew Bogut, the Bucks made a few too many roster changes, which led to bad team chemistry.

Hoopshype caught up with the Aussie to discuss the Bucks, the lockout (and possibly playing overseas), and what the future holds:

What happened to the chemistry of your team last season? AB: “I’m not sure. I wouldn’t blame one person specifically for that. After the success we had a couple of years ago, I think we made a lot of changes. Maybe too many. Some of them, we had to make for financial reasons and some others we made because they were appealing on paper. It’s nothing against those players that came in, but the chemistry of the team obviously wasn’t strong this year for whatever the reason and that’s why we had a bad season. This year, we also had a lot of injuries. Me, Drew Gooden, Carlos Delfino had problems with concussions… At some point we had three or four starters that had problems with injuries. Injuries played a big part. That was the biggest problem that we had.”

Playing for a team in a small market that has trouble landing stars, what are your thoughts on the Superteam trend? AB: “I think it makes the league more appealing when you have a lot of stars on one team. But on the other side, it’s going to hurt small-market teams like Milwaukee or Cleveland or Memphis. You have to be very careful with that. If every player, when he’s at the end of his contract, says, ‘Hey, I want to go to Los Angeles or New York or Miami’, where does that lead small teams? It’s very hard for them to land big-star players.”

Unlike most NBA players, Andrew Bogut views the potentially long lockout as a blessing in disguise — he thinks it will give his surgically-repaired elbow (which is still in pain) more time to recover, allowing him to return to the court fully healthy.

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Because of to many changes and they allready made changes for next season if there is one.

  • Rainman

    u missed 17 games, are u saying that had nothing to do with finishing just TWO games back? Jennings misses a bunch of games, it was injuries, nothing else.

  • LA Huey

    ^Injuries and Maggette.

  • T-Money

    …as opposed to the 80s were HOFers were willig to come off the bench for Boston or LA.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    They just suck. That’s it.

  • dma

    they overpaid so many mediocre players…

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    If the 2005 draft was redone would he still be the first center taken or would it be Bynum?

  • giogolo

    Bogut > Bynum so far health-wise and quality of play..

  • Towelie

    Andrew Bogut views the potentially long lockout as a blessing in disguise — he thinks it will give his surgically-repaired elbow (which is still in pain) more time to recover, allowing him to return to the court fully healthy.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I still think Bogut would be the first center taken in a 2005 draft remix, and there’s no way either one of them would go one, or even two overall, with Chris Paul and Deron Williams in that draft.

  • http://Slamonline.com CatKiller

    Stephen Jackson is going to kill this team this year. Its been Boguts and Jennings team the past two years and they both like having the ball. Sorry bucks another bad trade choice.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Bogut, Jennings and Jackson will be a fine combo – the beauty of the addition of Jackson is that this will make Jennings accountable with the ball now.


    actually catkiller and Bogut, what killed most season is that the team doesn’t have a go to guy if the game is on the line. and captain Jack is just that

  • add

    hopefully jennings and bogut are healthy, i really liked the “fear the deer” thing they had going

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  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    The bucks are fine… It’s just injuries.. They had an almost Portland-like year

  • cetintas

    The coach forgot Ilyasova on the bench last season.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    I think Cap’n Jack will make the team better, purely with addition by subtraction. As in, he’ll take Maggette’s minutes. Which can only be a good thing. + He manages to assimilate well with whatever team he’s on.

  • http://bobboozerjinx.com J.D. Mo

    Salmons played hurt for quite a bit of the season, too, and missed some time. Couple with Jennings foot fracture, the starting guards were 100% healthy at the same time for maybe a third of the season.

    Pretty sure Captain Jack as the go-to guy now is a bad idea, but Beno Udrih should bring some easy offense off the bench behind Jennings. Unlike last summer, when I think the Bucks did too much, cleared off every guard on the bench behind Jennnings and Salmons, made a bad signing with Gooden, the Bucks improved this summer. With better health, the Bucks are a playoff team in the East, maybe in the fight for home court advantage in Round One.

  • http://Yahoo Scott46

    Trade Bogut for Josh Smith of the Alanta Hawks.