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Tyler Ennis undergoes shoulder surgery

Bucks guard Tyler Ennis undergoes shoulder surgery

Tyler Ennis undergoes shoulder surgery

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced that guard Tyler Ennis underwent successful labral repair surgery to his right shoulder today. After consultation with Bucks orthopaedist Dr. Michael Gordon and Dr. David Altcheck from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the procedure was performed this morning in New York.

Ennis was acquired along with Miles Plumlee and Michael Carter-Williams on Feb. 19 in a three-team deal with Phoenix and Philadelphia. In 25 games (one start) this season for Milwaukee, Ennis averaged 4.0 points, 2.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.

The Milwaukee Bucks today announced that Suki Hobson has been added to the team’s training staff as Senior Strength and Rehabilitation Specialist. Hobson brings over 15 years of experience working with elite athletes in the fields of strength, power and injury rehabilitation to the Bucks organization.

Hobson joins the Bucks full-time after previously running her own interdisciplinary athletic performance and sports consultancy company, Athlete Revolution International, which is based in Melbourne, Australia, and operated around the world. Regarded for her innovative, athlete-centered, goal-driven and scientific approach to training, Hobson is a leader in the fields of strength training and athlete rehabilitation, with a particular emphasis in rehabilitation from ACL injuries. She has previously worked with multiple Australian Football League teams as well as the Queensland Academy of Sport, where she trained Olympic athletes during two summer and one winter Olympic cycles.

Bucks trying to make sure that actual Bucks fans attend their next home game

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on the Bucks, whose Chicago-based first round playoff opponent is practically another local team:

Bucks trying to make sure that actual Bucks fans attend the next Bucks home game

The first two home playoff games for the Bucks were sellouts last week, with the crowds nearly evenly divided between Milwaukee and Chicago fans.

But Game 6 on Thursday might be a bit different.

Plenty of Bulls fans will be in the stands as always, but the Bucks have tried to make sure more of their fans are holding tickets. The team is having a pre-sale of tickets until noon Wednesday, limited to fans with Wisconsin zip codes.

“There certainly will be Bulls fans here, and that’s fine,” said Bucks vice president of marketing Dustin Godsey. “Our goal is to give local fans the opportunity to get tickets.”

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to multi-year contract

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to multi-year contract

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Gutierrez is the 60th Gatorade Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season.

Gutierrez appeared in seven games for the Bucks earlier this season and averaged 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while playing 13.4 minutes per game. He made one start for Milwaukee on Feb. 2 at Toronto, and tied his career high for scoring with 13 points on Feb. 6 at Houston. He signed his initial 10-day contact on Jan. 28 and a second 10-day contract on Feb. 7.

Gutierrez has also played 15 games for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League this season and averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 29.8 minutes per game.

Bucks struggling since trading Brandon Knight

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on the struggling Bucks:

Since Brandon Knight left the Bucks in a trade deadline deal, Milwaukee has struggled to a 4-13 record.

Knight has not played recently for his new team, the Phoenix Suns, due to a sprained left ankle. The Suns are 4-6 in the games he has played and 9-8 since making the trade for Knight and two other deals on Feb. 19.

Knight told azcentral.com about the Bucks: “Their struggles aren’t my struggles any more. I moreso feel bad for the guys that I was there with. I feel a little bit bad for them because they know the hard work we put in. I know they feel it kind of went down the drain a bit.

“I wish those guys the best. Hopefully they can get back on track. I’m about the Suns right now.”

Bucks: No timetable for return of OJ Mayo, Jared Dudley

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog with a health update on the banged-up Bucks:

Bucks: No timetable for return of OJ Mayo, Jared Dudley

It doesn’t sound like key reserves O.J. Mayo and Jared Dudley will be back soon.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said at Friday’s shootaround that there is “no timetable” for the return of the two players, both sidelined by injuries. Mayo is out with a right hamstring injury and Dudley has a lower back issue.

Mayo and Dudley accompanied the team on its last road trip but were sent home when the Bucks arrived in New Orleans, in an effort to get better treatment for their injuries.

Mayo played 27 minutes against Utah on Feb. 28 but has played very limited minutes in just two games since then. Dudley has been out the last three games after trying to fight through knee and back ailments.

Bucks sign Chris Johnson to second 10-day contract

Bucks sign Chris Johnson to second 10-day contract

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Chris Johnson to a second 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Johnson appeared in five games for the Bucks during his first 10-day contract and averaged 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game.

Johnson signed his initial 10-day contract on March 6.

Jared Dudley in serious shooting slump

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on a veteran Buck:

Jared Dudley in serious shooting slump

Jared Dudley is in a serious shooting slump.

Since the Milwaukee Bucks returned from the all-star break, Dudley has compiled only a few hits and plenty of misses.

How bad is it?

The 29-year-old forward is shooting 14.3% from three-point range (3 of 21) and 25.5% overall (13 of 51) in his last eight games.

It got so bad on Saturday night that he had two wide-open looks in a matter of seconds early in the fourth quarter and missed both.

This is the same player who was shooting 44.2% from beyond the arc and 50.6% overall before the break. It’s the same player who hit all 10 of his shots in a game against the Atlanta Hawks in December, including 4 three-pointers, while leading the Bucks to a 30-point victory over one of the league’s top teams.

Bucks retire Bobby Dandridge jersey

Bucks retire Bobby Dandridge’s jersey

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on the Bucks’ jersey retirement ceremony for Bobby Dandridge:

Bobby Dandridge said he was trying to stay emotionless in the hours before his No. 10 jersey was to be retired by the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Speaking fondly of his nine seasons with the Bucks, though, the tears that welled up in the 67-year-old’s eyes betrayed him.

“My family’s here, friends have come in from out of town and my friends and the fans here in Milwaukee are real special,” Dandridge said during a halftime ceremony at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “I’ll try to hold back the emotions, try not to tremble too much, but this is probably the greatest honor that I have received as a professional athlete.”

After being introduced by his friend and former teammate Oscar Robertson, who drew a roar from the crowd by saying Dandridge deserved to be considered for the Hall of Fame, Dandridge succeeded in holding his emotions in check.

Hawks end Bucks` home winning streak

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on Sunday NBA action:

Milwaukee’s seven-game home winning streak came to an end Sunday afternoon at the hands of the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks.

The Bucks dug out of a deep hole to tie the game in the third quarter but could not survive a fourth-quarter surge by the Hawks and dropped a 97-86 decision at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Kyle Korver found his shooting touch and Paul Millsap finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks (44-12) avoided a three-game skid.

All five Hawks starters were in double figures, including Al Horford with 15 points, Korver with 12 and DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague with 10 each.

Bucks make big trade deadline moves

Bucks make big trade deadline moves

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on a big Bucks change made yesterday, NBA trade deadline day:

Last week general manager John Hammond said it was all about the future with the Milwaukee Bucks.

On Thursday, moments before the 2 p.m. trade deadline, the Bucks showed they really meant it.

Instead of standing pat with a group that has compiled a surprising 30-23 record at the all-star break, the Bucks sent leading scorer and guard Brandon Knight to Phoenix as part of a three-team deal involving the Suns and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Bucks acquired 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, a guard, from the 76ers and rookie point guard Tyler Ennis and center Miles Plumlee from the Suns in a deal designed to enhance roster and salary flexibility.

All three players are on rookie-scale contracts while Knight will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Milwaukee also sent point guard Kendall Marshall — out with a torn knee ligament — to the Suns to create a roster spot. The Bucks released veteran forward Kenyon Martin to open up another spot, making room for the three new acquisitions.

The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire guard Brandon Knight from the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade also involving the Philadelphia 76ers. The Suns also acquired guard Kendall Marshall, who will be waived. As part of the deal, the Suns send guard Tyler Ennis and center Miles Plumlee to the Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers’ protected 2015 first-round pick to the 76ers; the Bucks also receive guard Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia.

The 23-year-old Knight is a fourth-year pro who joins the Suns in the midst of a career year, averaging 17.8 points, a career-high 5.4 assists, career-high 4.3 rebounds and career-high 1.6 steals, while shooting career-highs of 43.5 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three-point range as he has started all 52 games with the Bucks in 2014-15. Knight departs Milwaukee as the leader in scoring and assists for a team that entered the All-Star break seven games over .500 and with 30 first-half victories after winning 15 total games in 2013-14.

Originally the eighth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by Detroit, Knight played the first two seasons of his career with the Pistons before being acquired by the Bucks along with Khris Middleton and Slava Kravtsov in exchange for Brandon Jennings on July 31, 2013. An All-Rookie First-Team selection in 2011-12, Knight holds career averages of 15.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.00 steals in 265 games (256 starts) with the Bucks and Pistons.

An athletic 6-3 guard who boasts a nearly 6-7 wingspan, Knight was a collegiate standout in one season at the University of Kentucky in 2010-11. Knight earned All-SEC Second-Team honors after setting Kentucky freshman records in scoring and three-point field goals made. Knight was named the NCAA East Region Most Outstanding Player after helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four for the first time since 1998, ending the longest Final Four drought in the prestigious program’s history.

Philadelphia receives the Lakers’ protected 2015 first-round pick from the Suns in the deal. Phoenix initially acquired the draft pick from the Lakers as part of the sign-and-trade that sent Steve Nash to Los Angeles on July 11, 2012.

Bucks to retire Bob Dandridge jersey

It’s always interesting to see which players get their jerseys retired by the main team they played for. If someone absolutely dominates, like Michael Jordan on the Bulls, it’s a no-brainer. But what about “regular” stars who played very well, and were a part of something special, but didn’t necessarily change the game? Those are the interesting debates. Anyway, here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on the Bucks:

Bucks to retire Bob Dandridge jersey

Bob Dandridge, a star forward on the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA championship team in 1971, will have his jersey No. 10 retired at a ceremony March 7 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, a source confirmed Wednesday.

Dandridge was a key member of the franchise’s early teams under coach Larry Costello and was selected in the fourth round of the 1969 draft, the same draft that brought the Bucks center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) with the No. 1 overall pick.

Known as “the Greyhound,” Dandridge averaged 18.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in nine seasons with Milwaukee. He played his first eight seasons with the Bucks and went on to more success in four seasons with the Washington Bullets before returning to Milwaukee for his final season in 1981-’82.

Bucks doing big things on defense

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on the Bucks, who continue to enjoy a better-than-expected season:

Defense is not optional for the Milwaukee Bucks.

They know the scrambling, hustling, switching defense they play will keep them competitive.

Better yet, it will lead to fast-break chances and easy baskets, even a few of those crowd-pleasing dunks.

Since the start of the calendar year, the Bucks have made big strides in stopping opponents and the numbers show it.

They rank second in the league since Jan. 1 in opponents field goal percentage (41.2%) and third in opponents points (92.9). They are first in opponents three-point percentage (30.2%).

The Bucks were 21st in average points allowed in late December but have risen to fifth, lowering their mark from 101.2 to 97.1 points allowed. They are second in the league in defensive efficiency — points allowed per 100 possessions — at 99.1, behind only the Golden State Warriors at 97.8. Milwaukee is third in opponents field goal percentage (43.4%), tied with Portland.

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to second 10-day contract

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a second 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Gutierrez appeared in four games for the Bucks during his first 10-day contract and averaged 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. He made one start for Milwaukee on Feb. 2 at Toronto, and on Feb. 6 at Houston, tied his career high for scoring with 13 points in the game.

Gutierrez signed his initial 10-day contract on Jan. 28.

Milwaukee Bucks sign Kenyon Martin for rest of season

Bucks sign Kenyon Martin for remainder of season

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward/center Kenyon Martin for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Martin has appeared in eight games for the Bucks this season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game. Martin signed his initial 10-day contract with the Bucks on Jan. 9, and was signed to a second 10-day deal on Jan. 19.

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to 10-day contract

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to 10-day contract

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Gutierrez is the 23rd Gatorade Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season.

Gutierrez, 26, most recently played for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League and in six games averaged 15.2 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game. He began the season with Brooklyn where he averaged 1.6 points in 10 games before being traded to Philadelphia on Dec. 11. He was waived by the 76ers on Dec. 12.

Undrafted out of the University of California, Gutierrez began his professional career with Canton in 2012. He started 35 games for the Charge in 2013 before being signed by the Brooklyn Nets where he appeared in 15 games and averaged 4.1 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds.

Bucks sign Kenyon Martin to second 10-day contract

The Milwaukee Bucks (21-19 this season) have signed veteran forward/center Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

The Bucks used Martin sparingly during his first 10-day deal. He appeared in three games during that time, averaging 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game. Martin signed his initial 10-day contract on Jan. 9.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “a fairer test for Martin will come over the next 10 days, as the Bucks play five games. Milwaukee returns to action at home Monday night against Toronto and also plays Utah and Detroit at home this week. Then the Bucks will play at San Antonio on Sunday to open a three-game trip that also includes visits to Miami and Orlando. Martin’s second10-day deal will conclude Jan. 28, the day before the Bucks play the Magic.”

Milwaukee is enjoying a better-than-expected season, despite losing prized rookie forward Jabari Parker to a season-ending injury 25 games into his career. The team is led by point guard Brandon Knight (18.2 ppg and 5.1 apg).

kendall marshall

Milwaukee Bucks guard Kendall Marshall will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during the second quarter of Milwaukee’s win against the New York Knicks in London, England on Thursday, Januarty 15.

In 28 games this season, Marshall averaged 4.2 points, 3.1 assists (2nd on team) and 1.0 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game while helping the Bucks to a 21-19 record. He connected on career-high percentages from the field (.455) and free throw line (.889) and posted a three-point field goal percentage of .391 (18-46).

Larry Sanders suspended at least 10 games for violating NBA Anti-Drug Program

The NBA announced today that Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended without pay for a minimum of ten games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Sanders’ suspension will begin on Monday, Jan. 19, when the Bucks host the Toronto Raptors, and will continue until he is in full compliance with his treatment program.

According to ESPN News Services, “it is his second suspension for violating the anti-drug program in less than a year. Sanders missed the final five games of the 2013-14 season; the center said he was penalized for using marijuana.”

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