Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bucks Prepare for Start of 2009-2010 Season


The Milwaukee Bucks training camp is underway at the Cousins' Center in St. Francis, as they prepare for the 2009-2010 season. With the return of Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd from injuries, combined with rookie Brandon Jennings, Luc Mbah a Moute, and NBA veteran Kurt Thomas, the Bucks have potential to be playoff contenders. Ok, that might be wishful thinking, but this season could prove to be a major turning point for our boys over at the Bradley Center.

Already three practices deep, Bogut and Redd are easing back into the rigorous training schedule. The two formerly injured players feel encouraged by their abilities to participate in the tougher workouts. Bogut missed 43 games last season thanks to his lower back injury and Redd just came off of major knee surgery. As for rookie point guard Brandon Jennings, he has had a tough first couple of practices. Apparently, things were a little more lax in Rome where he played last year.

While he may not be used to the tough practices, there is no denying that Brandon Jennings is a fast runner and key addition to the team. Jenning's speed paired with Luke Ridnour's ability to push the ball up and down the court will make for a fun and exciting year with the Milwaukee Bucks! So will the addition of soon-to-be 37 year old Kurt Thomas, who will be starting his 15th season in the NBA. Formerly of the San Antonio Spurs, Thomas adds depth to the team with his versatility and experience facing the tough guys of the NBA, like Shaq.

Speaking of Shaq, the Bucks will face him, Lebron, and the rest of the Cavaliers at the Bradley Center on Dec. 6th. That's just the tip of the iceberg. The Bucks have some exciting matchups this season that you won't want to miss. Bradley Center tickets are still available for specific games. They start the regular season by playing host to the Chicago Bulls, who lost in the first round of the playoffs last year in a historic matchup with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics, led by former Buck Ray Allen, will visit Milwaukee later on in the season in March and April. Thomas's former team, The San Antonio Spurs, will visit Milwaukee Dec. 26th. And if that's not exciting enough, defending NBA champions, the LA Lakers will play in Milwaukee on December 12th. To top it off, former Golden Eagle Dwayne Wade will visit his old stomping grounds when the Bucks host the Heat January 30th.

The team is optimistic about their abilities and what they could accomplish this year. They mean business and they have a no twitter policy to prove it! Thanks to former teammate, Charlie Villaneuva, players will be fined if caught tweeting on team time.

It will be an exciting season for the Bucks and here's hoping the excitement lasts past Christmas. Can they make it to the playoffs? Or at least pull off a winning season?