NEW ORLEANS — Andre Drummond was named the MVP of Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, but the trophy for the accomplishment was almost broken beyond repair before it ever made it into his hands.
The presenter fumbled the trophy, and the glass star that sits loosely on its base came crashing down to the floor, but fortunately didn’t seem to suffer any real damage.
“It happened last year too,” Drummond said, when asked what he was thinking when he saw the trophy drop. “So I wasn’t expecting anything less. Usually a slip-up happens every year with the trophy, so I wasn’t too shocked about that.”
Drummond had a simple suggestion to help prevent any similar mishaps from occurring in the future.
“I think they should change it up so it’s not in two pieces,” he said.
Report: Khris Middleton could return to Bucks before All-Star break
Sources told ESPN.com the Bucks think Middleton, who suffered a hamstring tear just days before the season began, “has a chance” to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star break.
Whether Middleton ultimately makes his season debut before or after the All-Star Game, he is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury, sources said.
The Bucks have started Tony Snell, who has held his own as an outside shooter. But Middleton will upgrade Milwaukee on Snell’s biggest strength and provide massive defensive improvement. After a strong start, the Bucks have really struggled lately on that end.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has led Milwaukee to a 20-21 record, though the team is better than its won-loss mark indicates. The Bucks will be even better with Middleton, who will rival Jabari Parker as their second-best player and fit seamlessly.
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