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My latest on Brewhoop.com questions what to do with Corey Maggette, who recently gave his experience so far in Milwaukee an “F.” Hit that link and voice your opinion.

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I haven’t posted anything here in a while (MIDTERMS!), and the recent news out of Milwaukee is relatively important, so I figured I’d point readers to the appropriate location for a limited analysis of the move that finalized Milwaukee’s roster. You can find it here, along with a couple other posts. Check out the poll and be sure to vote for your favorite Bucks player! We’re interested in hearing how people feel about this move and the team as it now stands, so join in the conversation by posting your comments!

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Marcus Landry, a former standout forward for my University of Wisconsin and the brother of Kings forward Carl Landry, has been invited to Sacramento’s training camp at the insistence of his brother. Marcus will be competing with a number of other players for a roster spot in a training camp relatively packed with non-guaranteed contracts.

Marcus has had limited experience since leaving Madison. He signed with the Knicks as an undrafted free agent, playing in 17 games before being traded to the Celtics as part of the deal that sent Nate Robinson to Boston. During his time in New York, he averaged only 6.2 MPG, making it difficult to trust his scaled-up stats (14.3/6.2 per 36 minutes).

Once in Boston, Landry was quickly assigned to their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, where he played in 13 games before being released by the Celtics. In Maine, Landry averaged 11.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in about 25 minutes per game. He showed decent outside shooting ability, making 38% of the 55 three-pointers he attempted. Marcus played for the Pacers and Knicks’ squads in this year’s Summer League, but failed to stand out for either team.

As much as I would love to see Marcus succeed in this new opportunity alongside his brother (who I wasn’t too fond of in college), I’m not counting on it. Landry played alongside some of Wisconsin’s best players of the past few years, including Alando Tucker and Trevon Hughes (yes, I include Hughes in that list, and I will defend him to the death). After Tucker’s departure, it seemed like Landry was the natural successor to take over as a top scorer, but he never really broke through to the next level.

While the 3-pt shooting Landry seems to be developing is attractive, there is little else setting Marcus apart from his fellow wings. At 6-7, he doesn’t present the matchup problem of a real PF and would probably spend his time at  the 3. Still, he displayed some impressive athletic talents while at Wisconsin. If Carl has any say in the matter it could bode well for his brother, but unfortunately I think the Kings are merely lending Marcus the benefit of the doubt as a favor to big bro.

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With all this Carmelo Anthony talk, I had forgotten about George Karl’s struggle with cancer. As an ex-Bucks coach and the current head coach of one of my favorite non-Wisconsin teams, Karl is one guy I can always root for. I was really happy, then, to read a Denver Post report that Karl has been cleared to resume coaching activities.

I ran into Karl at the golf course where I worked this summer in Appleton, WI (crazy, right!?). In the minute or two I talked to him, he assured me he had every intention of beating his illness and getting back on the court. Glad to see he did so, and I wish him the best this season.

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Contributing to BrewHoop

I’m excited to announce that my first post as a contributor to the excellent SBNation Bucks blog – Brewhoop.com – is up on the front page! Big thanks to Frank Madden for inviting me to write for them.

Check it out here.

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Okay, that title might be misleading. It’s not really a “swap” but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the Bucks are nearing a one-year deal with Earl Boykins to return to Milwaukee as the 3rd string point guard. With the Buck’s roster already assumed to be filled at 15, it’s likely this means the end for someone else. That someone is probably going to be second-round pick Tiny Gallon.

Gallon didn’t exactly wow the organization in Summer League, but I’ve been stressing the value of his skillset from the moment the Bucks drafted him with the 47th pick. A big, strong guy who can shoot fairly well is nothing to overlook. Conditioning was the biggest question coming into the draft, and after Vegas wrapped up, the doubt remained.

I think Tiny’s got D-League written all over him. The SBNation blog for the NBA Development League is called Ridiculous Upside, which is the best thing Tiny has going for him aside from this (Can we quickly remark on how much Willie Warren screwed up that entry pass? You never leave your feet to pass DUDE). Tiny needs to get used to the pace and style of NBA games. A little work to get into better game shape could go a long way for him. According to his agent, Tiny could be looking at a gig in Europe too. Not a bad idea, and this would work out well for the Bucks since they retain his rights while he improves his play.

As far as Boykins goes, he’s not getting a deal so he can play. He’s getting a deal because Hammond has nightmares if his team doesn’t have 3 point guards on the roster. The Bucks’ management team has apparently decided the best way to ensure improvement in Jennings’ play is to surround him with a posse of small veteran point guards. They’re this close to using the colonial child matchmaking method of binding them together with bedsheets and making them sleep together. Of course, in this case the objective is to improve Jennings’ jumpshot, not make him fall in love.

Boykins is primarily an outside shooter, and while it would be nice to have somebody show Jennings how to attack the rim to greater effect, Boykins was a popular guy in his last Milwaukee stint and should serve as a good influence on Brandon. He’s also pretty, umm…short (I’m four inches taller than him), but has a repuation as a pretty strong guy for his size. With Jennings being a scrawney dude too, there are probably a few pointers to be had as far as physicality is concerned.

Anyway, a transaction involving a free agent signing to a veteran-minimum contract and a second-round pick is pretty much the least-important news capable of eliciting a discussion. If this move were a trade, and you stuck it into ESPN’s Trade Machine, Robo-Hollinger would likely reply, “You have not affected either team’s projected win total.”

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Good News Tar Heels!

Word has it Favre is coming back. Bad News first: the Packers are probably no longer the NFC North favorites. Good News (for North Carolina, anyway): The North Carolina Men’s Basketball Team is currently 2-0 on days when Brett Favre retires. If I know anything about the predictive power of 2-game streaks, the Tar Heels can look forward to another Favre-blessed victory!

But seriously, screw Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Can’t wait for his next season-crushing interception.

More on basketball later.

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