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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  24 responses

Milwaukee Bucks Say They’re Not Tanking


Having gotten rid of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Milwaukee Bucks’ front office insists they’re not tanking. No, sir. They’re simply getting younger, you see. Per the Journal Sentinel: “Brandon Knight was introduced as the Milwaukee Bucks new point guard on Tuesday, replacing another Brandon (Jennings) after last week’s big trade with the Detroit Pistons. Knight has two years of professional experience but is still just 21 and will not turn 22 until early December. But Bucks general manager John Hammond said the team’s burgeoning youth movement should not be mistaken for surrender. The Bucks are facing a revitalized Central Division with Derrick Rose returning to Chicago, new faces in Cleveland, a strengthened Indiana team hoping to take on Miami, and an improved Detroit team featuring Jennings and Josh Smith. ‘Some people use these words like ‘tanking,’ so to speak,’ Hammond said at a news conference to introduce Knight and small forward Khris Middleton, also acquired in the trade. ‘We’re by no means in that mode whatsoever. We’re trying to remain competitive. I think we can be a competitive team. But also we really want to start focusing on the youth of this team and start talking about things like a championship-caliber team. Can they develop into a core like that? I think they can. We’re going to have to have the right kind of people, people that say I want to be a part of that and I’m going to work hard to become that.’ Hammond said he is confident Knight wants to be an all-star. The Bucks general manager looked directly at Knight and waited for a response. ‘Absolutely,’ Knight said.”

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  • danpowers

    bill clinton said “i did not have sexual relations with that woman”

  • dyop

    when was the last time a professional team said they’re tanking before the start of a season?

  • trent

    They never say tanking. They just say rebuilding A.K.A. tanking.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i actually believe them, their ownership always wants to compete. the problem is that they are not usually good enough. but they will rather fight for an 8th seed year after year than bottom out and hope for a top 3 pick. an approach which i respect

  • Mack

    I swear everyone thinks of tanking as such a dirty word because the media (especially local) is going to lose their sh!t and criticize the team for it, and yet they use the word “re-building” very liberally; it’s the same as when your boss says “we’re letting you go” versus just saying “you’re fired.” But let’s keep it 100; the Bucks aren’t going nowhere this season and unless they tank within the next 5 years will still be going nowhere. You need talent to win the NBA nowadays and nobody’s signing the dotted line to go to Milwaukee.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    The Knicks implied it, by trading for Bargnani…

  • star

    seriously what is the point of these ‘clarifications’, as if any of them would have come out and say ‘ oh yeah by the way we are tanking this season. Cheers.”

  • Dev

    You nailed that right on the head dude!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they aren’t tanking though. look at the moves they’ve made this summer – and the moves they tried to make.. their owner is like 90 years old, i don’t think he will put up with a few years of tanking, because, quite literally, he might not survive it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    thank you for being the only person on this board who sees what should be obvious.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they aren’t tanking. seriously. look at the moves they’ve made. they are playing for a playoff spot.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    So what you’re saying is that this is what’s happening to the Bucks?

  • danpowers

    they lost much more quality than they gave up, thats why it appears to me that they are tanking.

    ellis, jennings, mbah a moute, dunleavey, redick, dalembert, ayon, gooden out

    antetokounmpo, mayo, knight, wolters, delfino, neal, pachulia, kravtsov, middleton and ridnout in

    that looks like a loss of quality to me. did i really get that so wrong?

  • danpowers

    they lost much more quality than they gave up, thats why it appears to me that they are tanking.

    ellis, jennings, mbah a moute, dunleavey, redick, dalembert, ayon, gooden out

    antetokounmpo, mayo, knight, wolters, delfino, neal, pachulia, kravtsov, middleton and ridnout in

    that looks like a loss of quality to me. did i really get that so wrong?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    losing quality and tanking are very very very very different.
    .
    You don’t offer Monta Ellis 3 years, 36 million if you are tanking.
    You don’t pay Zaza Pachulia $5 mill a year to tank.
    You don’t pay OJ Mayo 3 years $24 million to tank.
    You don’t pay Carlos Delfino $3.25 million a year to tank.
    .
    What they lost was not by choice. Ellis/Jennings/Dunleavy/Reddick/Dalembert were all free agents.
    .
    Drew Gooden cost 8 million a year to be horrible, so they amnestied him (in order to free up more cap space, to sign guys who are not good, but not bad either).
    .
    The team looks like an 8 seed. They are full of mid-level talent, who are all veterans. They didn’t give out any short contracts.
    .
    All signs point to competing.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i thought it was really obvious, utah has been taking the same approach for years until this year. some franchises are just like that. i mean a pretty deep big man rotation and knight, ridnour and mayo in the back court doesn’t scream playoffs but it also doesn’t scream we want to suck.

  • John

    Tanking is losing alot of games for a good draft pick but rebuilding is way different than tanking.. they will win more games than they did last season…(:

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, i think it has to do with Milwuakee’s owner being so damn old. Old people don’t have patience for attempted failure when they could just be marginally successful for their remaining time.

  • danpowers

    then they didnt/dont try to tank, but their current roster doesnt rlly look like an 8th seed to me.

    miami, new york, chicago, indiana, brooklyn, detroit, cleveland, washington are better teams imo. atlanta, toronto and charlotte look more or less even. the bucks’ chances to make the playoffs would rely on severe injuries or big negative suprises among the other teams. i think even boston could suprise some people this year and unexpectedly make the playoffs. looks like ainge is in full tank mode, but the guys on the team aint THAT bad.

    i like the young talent milwaukee assembled tho. just doesnt really look like they are ready yet and adding a high pick in a strong draft seems to be the only reasonable thing they should (try to) do.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i didn’t say they will be an 8 seed. i said they look like one. Veterans / mid level talent / no expiring contracts

  • danpowers

    i see

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Sometimes teams just suck. Not tanking. Just less talent than the majority of the league. OJ Mayo isn’t taking a team anywhere.

  • RunNGun

    With the number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select… “ANDREW WIGGINS, Forward, from the University of Kansas. Make it happen, Silver.

  • RunNGun

    Whoops! 2014 NBA DRAFT…

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