Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/7/11
ST. FRANCIS Healthy and rested, Jon Brockman is ready to get back to work. Brockman has been a regular fixture at the Cousins Center since NBA training facilities were opened to players in the wake of a 149-day lockout. The extended offseason gave the 6-foot-7 forward plenty of time to recover from surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle. The procedure was performed in May by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles and though Brockman couldnt do much on the court, he was able to get in the weight room and keep conditioned. During the summer months, Brockman traveled to a number of basketball camps for children in remote parts of Alaska and a camp in Hawaii. Most of his rehab work was done in and around his hometown of Snohomish, Wash. "I've only been going full speed close to two months, maybe a month and a half," Brockman says. "I definitely would have been behind if camp was on schedule." Brockman, 24, appeared in 63 games for the Bucks last season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.7 minutes of action. Without a true backup center on the roster, Brockman spent much of his time playing the center position, giving Andrew Bogut a rest. It wasnt his preferred position nor was it of the Bucks preference but Brockman was willing to do whatever he was asked. If hes needed again in that position, which is possible, hell answer the call. Ill go in there and bang around at the 5 if they need me to, Brockman says. Its not like I dont enjoy playing the 5 and banging around down low I definitely give up a bit of an advantage when Im down there, a little bit of height my role is just going to be the same whatever they need me to do, whenever, wherever I will go in and do it as well as I can. That attitude and his reputation as a hard-working, hustling player, made him a fan favorite in Milwaukee last season. That personality and work ethic will be even more important this season as teams have just a short time to get acclimated with each other during a shortened training camp. For a team that struggled with consistency, chemistry and injuries during a disappointing 35-47 campaign last season, theres an added urgency to get to work right off the bat. "It's not like you can take a little while to get going and wait until after the all-star break. After the all-star break, there's 30-games left. It's going to be compact and it will also be fun. I'm real excited about our new additions and the guys we have returning."
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