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O.J. Mayo suffers broken ankle, out for season

Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo suffered a broken right ankle on Thursday morning and will miss the rest of the 2015-16 NBA season, team GM John Hammond announced today.

This is not your usual basketball injury. According to the Bucks, Mayo accidentally tripped descending his stairs at home.

In 41 games (24 starts) this season, Mayo has averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.17 steals in 26.6 minutes per contest.

Despite the off-season acquisition of Greg Monroe and a young, talented roster, the Bucks are just 27-38 this season. They are already without starting guard Michael Carter-Williams, who suffered a hip injury that requires season-ending surgery.

Giannis Antetokounmpo putting up triple-doubles lately

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo has been bringing all his skills to bear lately. The third-year forward has recorded all three of his career triple-doubles in his last seven games, and he missed a fourth by one rebound. The 21-year-old is the first Buck with three triple-doubles in a season since Alvin Robertson in 1990-91. Antetokounmpo is posting career highs across the board, from points, rebounds and assists, to blocks and steals, to field goal percentage and free throw percentage. He is one of five players averaging at least 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal, according to NBA.com/Stats, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Marc Gasol and Paul Millsap.

– Via NBA News

Michael Carter-Williams suffers season-ending injury

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams will undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday (Mar. 10) to repair the torn labrum in his left hip, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Recovery time for Carter-Williams is expected to be three months.

In 54 games (37 starts) this season, Carter-Williams has averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, a team-high 5.2 assists and 1.48 steals in 30.5 minutes per contest.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Steve Novak suffered a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of last night’s game vs. Detroit. He underwent an MRI examination this morning that revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL). Novak is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Novak was signed by the Bucks as a free agent on Feb. 21 and averaged 2.3 points over three games.

Bucks sign Steve Novak

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent forward Steve Novak, General Manager John Hammond announced today. In a related transaction, the Bucks requested waivers on forward Chris Copeland.

“Steve has always been a terrific shooter from distance,” said Hammond. “He’s a great teammate who can provide some veteran leadership to our young roster, and we’re excited to welcome him back to Milwaukee.”

Novak, 32, has appeared in seven games for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season prior to being traded to Denver on Feb. 18. He has appeared in 456 career games (six starts), averaging 4.7 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 43.2% from three-point range in 10 seasons with Houston, L.A. Clippers, Dallas, San Antonio, New York, Toronto, Utah and Oklahoma City. The Marquette University product was drafted by Houston with the 32nd overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft.

Bucks waive Chris Copeland

In 24 games (one start) for the Bucks this season, Copeland averaged 2.1 points and 0.5 assists in 6.5 minutes per game.

Bucks coach Kidd to return next week

Bucks coach Kidd to return next week

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd is expected to resume his normal head coaching duties next week when the team returns from its current four-game road trip. Beginning with the Jan. 26 game vs. Orlando, Kidd will be back on the sideline, while his recovery and travel will continue to be monitored by his medical team. Kidd underwent right hip surgery on Dec. 21st and has missed the last 15 games while rehabilitating following surgery.

“I feel great after surgery and am looking forward to getting back on the sidelines full-time next week,” Kidd said. “I received a good report from my doctor last week in New York and I am ahead of schedule on my recovery. Provided everything continues to go well this week, I plan on being back to my normal duties on Monday.

“Joe (Prunty) and the rest of the coaching staff along with the players have done a very good job in my absence and I’m grateful for all of their efforts. We’re all looking forward to continued improvement during the second half of our season.”

The Bucks are currently 19-25 and 8-7 in the 15 games Kidd has missed following hip surgery. Milwaukee has two games remaining on its current road trip (Friday at Houston and Saturday at New Orleans), before returning home to host Orlando on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Coach Kidd will be available to the media following Monday’s practice at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin Training Center.

Here’s ESPN.com reporting on the Milwaukee Bucks (19-25, winners of 6 of their last 10 games), who should get their head coach back soon:

Bucks coach Jason Kidd should return soon

Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is returning to the bench to resume his coaching duties next week, league sources told ESPN on Thursday.

Kidd, who underwent hip surgery shortly before Christmas, plans to return next week — ahead of schedule — as the Bucks return from a four-game road trip that still has stops Friday and Saturday in Houston and New Orleans.

O.J. Mayo fined by NBA

O.J. Mayo fined by NBA

Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been fined $25,000 for aggressively pursuing a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred after Mayo was assessed his second technical foul of the game with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter of Milwaukee’s 95-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Target Center.

jason kidd hip surgery

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd underwent a successful right hip arthroplasty today. The procedure was performed by Dr. Edwin Su and Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Kidd is expected to make a full recovery and will resume his coaching duties when physically able, though there is currently no timetable for his return to the bench. Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will assume the head coaching duties in Kidd’s absence.

Jason Kidd to have hip surgery

Jason Kidd to have hip surgery

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd will undergo hip surgery on Monday and be sidelined indefinitely, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will assume head coaching responsibilities during Kidd’s absence.

“I have every confidence in Joe to lead our team during my absence,” said Kidd. “Joe has many years of coaching experience both in the NBA and in international competition. He’s well-respected in the league and I know our players and coaches will give their all during Joe’s time as head coach.

“I tried to put off surgery for as long as I could, but after consulting with my doctor, he advised that the best course of action was to have the procedure now,” Kidd added.

Kidd is currently in his second season as head coach of the Bucks and third season overall as an NBA head coach.

Prunty is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Bucks after serving as an assistant coach under Kidd in Brooklyn during the 2013-14 campaign. Currently in his 20th season in the NBA, Prunty has also coached with Cleveland (2010-13), Portland (2008-10), Dallas (2005-08) and San Antonio (1996-2005). He is also the head coach of Great Britain’s men’s national team.

The Warriors (25-1) get a chance to smack around the Bucks (10-17) tonight, at Golden State. Will be fun to see what happens. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting:

The Bucks dealt the Warriors their first loss of the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday in Milwaukee — Golden State’s final stop on a seven-game road trip.

Less than a week later, the Bucks will face a rested Warriors team at Oracle Arena. Warriors players, recalling a late-game dunk by Michael Carter-Williams and the subsequent celebration, are plenty motivated. And interim head coach Luke Walton is all for it.

“They had a little celebration. It is what it is. They won a regular season game. The 24-1 shirts in the NBA store and the streak-buster shirts, I’m not sure if … that’s what I want to promote for my team. But hey, to each his own. I don’t really get caught up in it.

“I think Michael Carter-Williams getting a dunk at the end of the game and looking at our bench like, ‘Dude, you lost your spot.’ It’s not quite common that you should be looking toward someone’s bench and yelling when you’ve got some ground to make up. But I love the intensity. It is what it is.

“And they’ve got to come in here on Friday night.”

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with good news on the Bucks, whose center Greg Monroe doesn’t expect to miss much time:

Greg Monroe hopes to return soon from knee injury

Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe said he was confident his knee injury would not keep him out too long, even before he underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Wednesday.

The exam revealed a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain, similar to an injury that sidelined him for 11 games last season when he was with the Detroit Pistons.

“I know how it felt last season and this is not nearly as much,” Monroe said in the Bucks locker room before they met the Los Angeles Clippers.

Monroe missed his second game on the road trip after injuring his knee during a drill at the Bucks’ shootaround Tuesday at Beverly Hills High School. The Bucks lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-95, on Tuesday night after Monroe warmed up but could not go because of the injury.

Greivis Vasquez undergoes ankle surgery

Greivis Vasquez undergoes ankle surgery

Milwaukee Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez underwent successful surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur and loose bodies from his right ankle, General Manager John Hammond announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. An update on Vasquez’s recovery period will be provided after post-surgical consultation with Dr. O’Malley.

In 16 games this season, Vasquez averaged 7.1 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per contest.

The streak is over for the Golden State Warriors.

Their NBA-record start ended after 24 wins when the Milwaukee Bucks beat them 108-95 on Saturday night.

Golden State fell to 24-1. Its 28-game winning streak, counting the final four games of last season, came to a halt. The NBA’s longest winning streak was 33 by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72 — and it was also snapped by Milwaukee.

Greg Monroe scored 28 points for the Bucks, who got the all-around effort needed to beat the defending NBA champions.

It also helped that the Warriors, perhaps fighting fatigue after needing two overtimes to win at Boston on Friday, were cold from 3-point range. They usually make 13 a night, but were just 6 of 26 from behind the arc playing on the final game of a seven-game road trip.

Stephen Curry had 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field, including 2 of 8 from 3-point territory.

– Associated Press

Bucks coach Jason Kidd suspended one game

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game without pay for aggressively pursuing and confronting a game official, slapping the ball out of his hands, and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Kidd was assessed a technical foul and ejected, occurred with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s 129-118 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Kidd will serve his suspension tonight when the Bucks play the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.

To view the play, click on this link.

Bucks assign Damien Inglis to D-League

The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned forward Damien Inglis to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Inglis has appeared in five games for the Bucks this season and averaged 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Jabari Parker out with foot sprain

Jabari Parker out with foot sprain

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker underwent an MRI this morning to address discomfort in his right foot. The scan revealed a mid-foot (talonavicular joint) sprain. Parker will undergo additional testing today and did not accompany the team on this week’s three-game road trip. His status will be updated as appropriate.

Parker returned to action on Nov. 4 after missing the final 57 games of the 2014-15 season and the first four games of this season while recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. He has averaged 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game in five appearances this season, including season highs of 12 points and 30 minutes in Saturday’s double-overtime win over Cleveland.

Jabari Parker and Tyler Ennis medically cleared for Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker and guard Tyler Ennis have been medically cleared to return to game action on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when the team hosts the Philadelphia 76ers, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Game time for Wednesday’s contest at the BMO Harris Bradley Center is 7 p.m.

“We’re very excited to have both Jabari and Tyler medically cleared to play for us,” said Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd. “Both players have put in a tremendous amount of hard work during the rehabilitation process. It’s a real credit to their work ethic and the talents of our world-class medical team and terrific coaching staff to have them ready to go. I know our fans are thrilled to have them back and will welcome them both on Wednesday night.”

In 25 games last season, Parker averaged 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29.5 minutes per game. He earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for October/November and was the first teenager in over 30 years to record multiple double-doubles in his first three career games. Parker, 20, underwent season-ending knee surgery on Jan. 5 after suffering a left knee ACL injury at Phoenix on Dec. 15.

After a standout season at Duke where he was named consensus First Team All-America, ACC Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Awards, Parker was the 2nd overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft by Milwaukee.

Ennis, 21, averaged 3.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 33 games last season with the Bucks and Suns. He was acquired from Phoenix on Feb. 19 in a three-team trade that also brought Miles Plumlee and Michael Carter-Williams to the Bucks. In his first career start on Mar. 14 vs. Boston, Ennis became the third player in franchise history under 21 years old (B. Jennings, T.J. Ford) to record 10+ assists in a game. On May 19, he underwent labral repair surgery on his right shoulder.

In one season at Syracuse, Ennis was named to the All-ACC Second Team, ACC All-Freshman and ACC All-Defensive Teams.

“Having Jabari and Tyler back on Wednesday is great news for our team,” said Head Coach Jason Kidd.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract options on Tyler Ennis and Jabari Parker, and the fourth-year contract options on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

All of these moves were expected. While the jury is still out on Ennis, the other three players are considered key building blocks and the foundation of the franchise.

Antetokounmpo, 20, appeared in 81 games (71 starts) last year during his sophomore campaign and averaged 12.7 points with 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 blocks in 31.4 minutes per contest. He posted double-figure scoring in 60 games in 2014-15, including seven 20-plus scoring outings. In his two NBA seasons, the 6-11 forward has played in 158 games (94 starts), averaging 9.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. In 2014-15, Antetokounmpo became the youngest Buck in franchise history to amass 1,000 points with Milwaukee.

Carter-Williams, 24, appeared in 66 games (63 starts) split between Philadelphia and Milwaukee last season, averaging 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists (11th in the NBA) and 1.7 steals (15th in the NBA) in 32.6 minutes per game. Over two seasons, the 2013-14 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year has played a total of 136 games (133 starts), averaging 15.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals. With these averages, Carter-Williams joins a list of Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Steve Francis and LeBron James as the only players to average at least 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists through their first two NBA seasons.

Ennis, 21, split time between Phoenix and Milwaukee last year during his rookie season and averaged 3.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 12.5 minutes over 33 contests. He made his debut in the Bucks starting lineup on March 14 at Memphis, logging career highs in assists (11), rebounds (4) and minutes played (36). With his 11 assists, Ennis became the third Bucks player in franchise history under 21 years old to record 10-plus assists in a game, joining Brandon Jennings and T.J. Ford.

Parker, 20, competed in 25 games (all starts) as a rookie for the Bucks in 2014-15 before missing the remainder of the season due to a left ACL tear. In his 25 games played, Parker averaged 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. The Duke product was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October and November of 2014 after he helped lead the Bucks to a 10-8 mark by averaging 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Parker recorded consecutive double-doubles in his first week of NBA action last season (11 pts/10 rebs on 10/31 vs. PHI and 13 pts/11 rebs on 11/1 at WAS), making him the first teenager in 30 years to record multiple double-doubles in his first three career games.

Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option.

Bucks waive Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Landry, Josh Powell

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard Jorge Gutierrez and forwards Marcus Landry and Josh Powell, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Gutierrez appeared in four preseason games and averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 assists. Landry averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in four contests, while Powell also saw action in four games during the preseason.

The Bucks roster now stands at 15 players.

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