January 7, 2008

Critics question Bucks' Harris with lack of team play

Category: Bucks — Patrick Stumpf @ 9:42 pm

With the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers living up to and exceeding their yearly expectations, the last of the Wisconsin Sports trifecta has yet to get over the hump this year.  The Milwaukee Bucks, who began the season with a promising young nucleus, have failed miserably so much this year that I have refrained from writing about their struggles- until now.  With Michael Redd, Andrew Bogut, Charlie Villanueva, a healthy Bobby Simmons, a resigned Mo Williams, along with rookie sensation Yi Jianlian in the fold for 2007-2008, things appeared to be going up for the Bucks.  But with the leash already short for management coming into the year, the controversy has begun to resurface within the state of Wisconsin, especially Milwaukee, questioning whether GM Larry Harris can find the right mix of guys to carry the team back into the playoffs, with enough balance to make a run.  I’ve always been a backer of Harris, who has made solid trades and draft picks for the duration of his tenure, but something needs to change after a 13-20 start to the season.  If it were up to me, you have to trade Michael Redd.  The problem I see is uneven distribution of the ball.  Trade Redd for a true point-guard, not one that shoots as much as he passes (Mo Williams).  Trading Redd would allow Mo to move to shooting-guard, a position he has handled well in the past, thus making him the primary scorer on this team.  Redd still has good trade value because he remains one of the lone pure shooters in the NBA, but I feel in order for the Bucks to get back on track, they need versatile guys.  I would hate to see Harris let go, because I feel he is a more than capable to get this franchise turned around.  The biggest mistake he made in retrospect was trading T.J. Ford to Toronto for Villanueva, because the current lack at the point-guard position has precisely made this team what it has become, average at best.

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