“Dhalsim. The street fighter. Like a cartoon. With both hands. He was catching everything. Yeah.”
If you’ve played any of the Street Fighter series you remember Dhalsim, dressed like an Indian yogi (I guess) but could throw a punch where his arms extended to a few times his body length.
Anthony Davis, with his 7’5.5” wingspan (on a 6’11” body) can seen that way — the way he runs and plays using the freakish length of his arms to disrupt shots on defense or catch ridiculously high alley-oop passes, makes this a really good comparison. Odd, but really good.
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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