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Bucks set franchise record with 63 losses


The Bucks were the eight seed in the playoffs last season, and despite trading Brandon Jennings in the offseason, made some additional moves to bring in talent in hopes of remaining competitive this year.

It was the opposite of what the front office chose to do in Philadelphia, where tanking has been the buzz word most commonly used to describe the Sixers strategy.

Yet with just a few games remaining on the schedule, and despite Philadelphia tying an NBA record by racking up 26 straight losses, it’s the Bucks that find themselves with the league’s worst record, purely by accident.

From the Associated Press via NBA.com:

The Bucks set a franchise record for futility this season, though they aren’t dwelling on their failures.

With its 102-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, Milwaukee established a dubious club record with its 63rd loss. It sealed the team’s fate as the biggest loser in the franchise’s 45-year history. …

This version of the Bucks topped the record for futility that the 1993-94 Bucks previously held, going 20-62 in Vin Baker’s rookie season. Milwaukee won the NBA draft lottery that spring, selected Glenn Robinson from Purdue and used that as a springboard to get to the Eastern Conference finals in the 2000-2001 season.

The Bucks had their two biggest offseason moves backfire completely. O.J. Mayo experienced a statistical decline in his performance, and Larry Sanders, the recipient of a four-year, $44 million contract extension in the offseason, has been nothing short of a disaster, for a variety of reasons.

Add in the fact that Milwaukee has had 14 players miss a combined 247 games due to injury, and that’s how you get a franchise record of 63 losses — with five games still remaining on this season’s schedule.

Dwyane Wade serious as mentor, teaching Justise Winslow post moves

Third day of Miami Heat camp 10/1/2015
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Dwyane Wade has earned his status as an elder statesman, the E.F. Hutton kind of veteran who speaks and everybody listens.

Rookie Justise Winslow is listening.

Winslow (who should have gone higher in this draft) is a perfect fit for the Heat and he’s going to be part of their rotation off the bench from the start of the season (along with Josh McRoberts and Amare Stoudemire). Wade has already fully stepped into the mentor role with Winslow working with him on post moves, reports Jason Lieser at the Palm Beach Post.

“As his career develops, hopefully he’s able to do multiple things on the floor, but right now there’s gonna be certain things (Erik Spoelstra) wants him to do, and some of those things I’m good at,” Wade said. “I’m just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things that I have strengths at. It’s gonna take a while, but if he figures it out at 21, he’s ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27.

“All of us are where we’re at because someone before us helped us. They helped by letting us sit there and watch film with them or having conversations with them. If he’s a student of it and he really wants to know, I’m a pretty decent teacher in certain areas.”

This is what you want out of a veteran leader and some of the young teams out there have done an excellent job adding this kind of mentor — Kevin Garnett in Minnesota may be the best example. Someone who can pass on his wisdom and show the team’s young players how to be a professional and win in the NBA.

It’s a little different for Winslow, he and the Heat are more in a win-now mode, but he should be able to contribute to that.

NBA All-Star, champion Bill Bridges dies at age 76

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Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.

Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.

A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.