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Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  29 responses

Caron Butler Says the Milwaukee Bucks Can Be Really Good


New Milwaukee Bucks forward Caron Butler couldn’t be happier with the trade from the Phoenix Suns. Butler is thrilled to be playing near his hometown, and thinks the young Bucks have a chance to surprise people next season. Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Racine Journal Times: “The two-time NBA all-star was acquired by the Bucks on Thursday in a deal with the Phoenix Suns and said he has plenty left to give at age 33. ‘I didn’t think it would ever happen, that this dream I had many years ago could become a reality,’ the Racine native said of playing for the Bucks. ‘That’s funny. I’m good for whatever is needed. I’m definitely in great shape and I can’t wait for the season to start.’ [...] Last season he averaged 10.4 points and 2.9 rebounds despite playing just 24.1 minutes per game. ‘After I got back healthy, I actually wanted to play more,’ Butler said. ‘I had to accept the role I was given. I felt I was back to my old self. It’s never been hard for me to score. As long as I’m out there, I’ll find a way.’ [...] The 6-foot-7 Butler is expected to start at small forward for the Bucks, especially with veteran Carlos Delfino’s status up in the air. Delfino, whom the Bucks signed as a free agent in July, is recovering from surgery for a broken bone in his right foot and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. [...] He believes he can make a positive impact on a team that is striving to make the NBA playoffs for the second straight season. ‘I think we’re going to be good, I really think we are,’ Butler said. ‘Adding myself to a team that has a dynamic scorer in O.J. Mayo, to a team that has a talented young point guard in (Brandon) Knight and has good big men like (Larry) Sanders and (Ersan) Ilyasova and other guys like Gary Neal … we can be really good. I think this will be the ideal situation for me and my family.’”

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  • sulsbruck

    I think they are going to all right. But they need more scoring of the bench though. No more than a fight for the eight spot, but I do think it is an interesting starting lineup.

  • LLC#12

    They will be ok, much better shot selection this year now that they don’t have the chuck brothers. Curious to see what Neal can do outside of SA.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Caron Butler is from Wisconsin. That’s why it’s ideal.

  • TR

    I’m excited to see what Esran and Larry do upfront. I like both those guys a lot and its pretty much their team now.

  • LakeShow

    I like them too. Top 5 front court if they want to be.

  • LakeShow

    They can be a pretty okay.

    Pacers
    Heat
    Nets
    Bulls
    Knicks
    Cav’s
    Wiz
    Piston’s
    Buck’s

    I think they are the 9th seed right now, BUT, allot can change from now till then.

  • LakeShow

    This squad will be nice defensively.

    Every starting position there is a capable to good to great defender.

  • spit hot fiyah

    why the random ‘ for some teams?

  • LakeShow

    I don’t think about grammar and punctuation when I type, I just type my thoughts.

    If you wanna(aka “want to”) adjust my grammar or whatever from my post so it is easier for you and others to read, so we can actually discuss the topic, and not the grammar content, that would be preferable.

    *That goes for everyone. Instead of saying “why did you do this grammatically?” Just fix it to your liking and place it underneath so we don’t have to worry about that stupid sh*t and can just discuss basketball not grammar.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m not in a position to question people’s grammar. i just have never seen a team name typed like that before.

    as for the list, i agree for the most part. the top are consensus.

    i don’t know about the pacers at 12 though. i love the scola move and granger coming back. i love them as a playoff team. but they only won 49 games last year, miami 66. if both teams stay healthy i see miami having the better record.

  • spit hot fiyah

    hawks should be right there with the bucks, they actually might be better than last year. re-signed teague and korver. lost smith and zaza but signed millsap and brand. and lou williams will be there

  • LakeShow

    I come to that reasoning by a few notions.

    1) Pacers improved their roster in the off-season the Heat did not.
    2) Pacers players are just entering their prime where as the Heat are on the other end of theirs
    3) Heat lost their 2nd best shooter and their other two shooters (and 2nd best wing defender) are on the wrong side on 35.

    I’m expecting the Pacers to make a jump obviously,(additions of Scola, Granger, and Watson, along with the improvement of Paul George and Roy “8’5, 300lb” “Hibbert, Born Ready, and G-Hill) and I just think Miami might take it a little easier during the RS than the last few years, now that they have officially proved themselves. Wade is going to have to take it a little easier to keep his health where it needs to be, and Bron can’t afford to burn out in any fashion (not that he has shown to burn out, but we all know you can’t just play a guy 40mpg for 80 games a year that does as much as LeBron does for his team.)

    But yeah, who knows.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah the boring a$$ hawks might make it haha. Hope not.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i agree with he reasoning, i just don’t know if it is enough to make up for a 17 game gap, that is a lot. and wade’s health really concerns me, and has been for the last 2 years and he proceeded top prove me wrong (barely)

    the nets are a major x-factor in the race as well

    but the biggest one is (pun intended) is hibbert suddenly outgrowing shawn bradley and getting wider than anthony mason.

  • LakeShow

    17 games sounds like allot.

    But not when you also take this into account (along with what I have already been speaking on)…

    The Heat won 80% of their games last year.
    The year before they won 69%
    Before that, 70%

    So i’m assuming they don’t improve upon their 10% increase on the winning ratio that they did last year. If anything it drops a little.

    I see the Heat with around 60-64 games won and the Pacers around 65.

    I mean it’s going to be close… I have no clue.

    Educated guess is all this is.

  • spit hot fiyah

    65?! that is a lot, i don’t see that happening, but they have a shot at the one seed, together with the heat, bulls and nets imo. it’s going to be great to watch.

    but also, i have no clue

  • CzechMate

    Idk about all that

  • LakeShow

    Go ahead and name the for sure better 5 others. I’ll wait.

  • LakeShow

    Let us watch and enjoy.

    I am expecting them to be the 2010-2011 Bulls essentially.

    I am just really feeling this Pacer team. They just needed to figure out how to score more easily, and it seems as though they have done that.

  • spit hot fiyah

    front court as in 3,4,5 or just pf and c?

  • LakeShow

    I was thinking just 4,5. But I guess technically the 3 is also a front court player…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    5?
    .
    Splitter / Duncan
    Love / Pekovic
    Randolph / Gasol
    Lee / Bogut
    Garnett / Lopez
    Millsap / Horford

    (Minutes wise(
    Parsons / Howard
    James / Bosh

  • Caboose

    Melo/Chandler
    Smith/Monroe
    Boozer/Noah

  • Caboose

    West/Hibbert

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    And them.

    Lakeshow must be hella stoned today

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    I think they are going to all right. But they need more scoring of the bench though. No more than a fight for the eight spot, but I do think it is an interesting starting lineup.

  • Ronnie

    Milwaukee Bucks 7th-8th seed.

  • DMC14

    sometimes i do random ‘ just because it looks right.

  • LakeShow

    Ehh, yeah, I was a little bit off haha. They are probably the 8th best if everyone plays up to their expectations.

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