Redd keeps his options open
After nine years in Milwaukee,
"It feels like we have eight or nine new guys every year," Redd said. "It's a little like a high school team."
The past year has been a difficult one for the former All-Star shooting guard. While his Olympic teammates were riding a wave of momentum from their gold-medal performance in Beijing to MVPs (
"I've never experienced anything like that," Redd said. "It was tough. Really tough."
A rigorous rehab had Redd back on the court in September, several months ahead of schedule. Upon his return, he found a team that was considered a potential playoff contender last fall gutted. Out were starters
Despite the Bucks' massive overhaul, the 30-year-old Redd says he never considered asking for a trade.
"The Bucks' organization has been good to me," Redd said. "And [Milwaukee general manager]
Still, Redd left the door open for finishing his career in another uniform.
"I've been here a long time and a big part of me wants to finish my career here," Redd said. "But, yeah, there is definitely a part of me that wants to play for a winner."
Redd is scheduled to make $17 million this season and has a player option for $18.3 million for next season. When he becomes a free agent in 2011, contenders likely will line up for a veteran guard with one of the smoothest strokes in the league. Cleveland, which courted Redd in 2005, is a strong possibility for the Columbus, Ohio, native -- assuming LeBron
For now, Redd is charged with keeping the Bucks out of the Eastern Conference basement. Redd and center
"We're going to look different," Redd said. "And we are going to have to find a way to come together as a team quickly. That's going to be the key to our season."
Tough call. Alexander was a tremendous disappointment (4.7 points, 1.9 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game) as a rookie and hasn't played a minute this preseason because of a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, classmates
Best guess? They elect to keep him. Alexander was GM John Hammond's first draft pick and he may not be willing to cut ties so quickly. But with Carlos Delfino and defensive maven
First, great Twitter handle. Second, I can't go to one city without hearing something positive about Blair. The
Scouts love his physical play and think that his offensive game -- while raw now -- will develop quickly, especially with Blair under the tutelage of
There's some truth to that. Artest has been making the media rounds recently, and every time I hear him speak he's talking about fitting in. It's good to try to fit in, but the Lakers didn't sign Artest to be
Of greater concern is Artest's desire to be a Hollywood star. Artest has talked openly about a reality show, and you know his rapping career is never far from his mind. Will that become a distraction? Remember, the last time Artest got caught up in his off-the-court endeavors was 2004, when he showed up at Pacers training camp at 260 pounds and asked for time off to recover from the months he spent promoting his first album.
Fisher is still the starter; regardless of any defensive deficiencies, the Lakers need his leadership and clutch shooting on the floor as much as possible. Plus, he's one of the few players Bryant won't hesitate to pass to in key situations. He's also in the last year of his contract and has a strong desire to play beyond this season. So he's motivated.
Who gets the backup minutes is a murkier subject. Brown played well after coming over to the Lakers (along with Morrison) from Charlotte in February. He's an explosive scorer --