Why the Milwaukee Bucks Could Be a Bigger Story in East Than Miami

July 22nd, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
If Milwaukee Bucks' center Andrew Bogut didn't get hurt late in the 2009-10 regular season, some of the conversation in the offseason may have been centered around Milwaukee's prospects for the following year.

Bogut's injury derailed what could have been a special postseason, and the recent free agency bonanza in Miami has shifted attention away from a team who could be a dark-horse challenger for the Eastern Conference crown.

Coach Scott Skiles is building a strong team in Wisconsin, and he is doing it through a combination of savvy free agency moves and a willingness of his players to accept his defensive-based coaching strategies.

The Bucks recently re-signed forward John Salmons and spirited Corey Maggette away from the Golden State Warriors, and although neither player can hold a torch to Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, both fit Milwaukee's team concept.

That concept is primarily strong defense, and the Bucks were one of the better defensive teams in a conference where good defense was the rule.

Until Bogut's injury, many people felt the Bucks were a good bet for a first-round upset, and if he is fully ...

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