With Kidd out, will the Bucks and Giannis reach their peak?
The Milwaukee Bucks have one of the league’s most versatile defenders in long-armed, 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo, a premier shot blocker in center John Henson and a quality perimeter defender in point guard Eric Bledsoe from a November trade — and yet they woke up Monday morning ranked 25th in the NBA in defensive rating.
That defensive weakness, among other factors, probably cost Jason Kidd his job as head coach of the Bucks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday afternoon that Kidd is out, which the team officially announced shortly thereafter.
The aspect of Bryant’s underwhelming 2017 that has received the most scrutiny is his number of drops (6), which tied for fifth-most in the league and drew the ire of Cowboys fans on multiple occasions. None was bigger than the short pass that glanced off Bryant’s hands — a fastball lacking the necessary touch from Prescott — and was intercepted by a Seattle defender in a game that ruined Dallas’ postseason chances.
Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game uniform design has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Paul Lukas explores the history of the showcase game’s uniforms.
For the past 15 years the league has stuck to the traditional format of the Eastern Conference All-Stars wearing blue or blue-trimmed uniforms, and their Western Conference counterparts wearing red. But for this season’s All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be played on Feb. 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the league has scrapped the East versus West format in favor of a draft-style system with two team captains choosing the rosters. It appears the new uniforms will feature one team in black and the other in white, with all players wearing black-and-white versions of their regular team logos on their jersey chests.