ST. FRANCIS, Wis. After acquiring J.J. Redick in a trade with the Magic on Thursday, Bucks general manager John Hammond's mind traveled back to a story his former boss used to tell him about a three-guard rotation working.
The general manager of the Detroit Pistons, Joe Dumars, described how he and Isiah Thomas gave up minutes to Vinnie Johnson in order to help the Pistons when that team became dominant in the late 1980s. Though Hammond made it clear he's not comparing Milwaukee's current three-guard rotation to one featuring two NBA Hall of Famers, he's hoping the same principle of unselfishness prevails with Redick joining Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
"I think if guys are willing to accept the process, there's no reason it can't happen," Hammond said Friday. "It really comes down to this: Do guys want to win? If you want to win, people will make sacrifices. The sacrifices could be a few minutes a game.
"He said Isiah and I both realized that when Vinnie came into the game...