The Artist Formerly Known as Cap’n Jack is rotting away on the Milwaukee Bucks’ bench, and he thinks the team may be trying to kill his value on the trade market. Per SRI (via ESPN Radio): “On people considering him a cancer: ‘They try to downplay my worth probably so I can be stuck here. I don’t know. People like to make excuses for people when things aren’t going good. Everybody knows I can play. I’ve been in this league a long time and I know when they’re trying to downplay guys and kill their worth. At the end of the day, like you say, Tim Duncan and everybody knows I’ve been a great teammate, never been a cancer to anybody, and everybody is their own man, but at the end of the day I’m one of those guys that never settles for not playing. I know I can play, everybody in this league knows I can play and it’s just a sad situation that I’m sitting on the bench on this team and not being able to play the minutes I know I’ve earned in my 12-year career.’ If he would like a trade: ‘I’m just going to see how it plays out. I mean I’ve got to be professional and obviously I can’t say I want to be traded. No one can say that and I’m not saying that but we’ll see what happens. I would like to be in a better situation if it’s here or somewhere else but my situation has to get better.’ What he can do to make his situation better: ‘All I can do is worry about what I can control and that’s coming to practice every day and working, making sure I’m ready to play when I do get a chance or if I’m somewhere else I’m ready to play. That’s all I can do at this point. I can’t coach the team, I can’t tell coaches what to do or what not to do, all I can do is continue to work on my game and make sure I’m ready to play when it’s my time.’”
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