Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/9/11
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. - It wasn't quite business as usual Friday as the Bucks finally took to the court at the Cousins Center, but it was as close as possible considering the circumstances. Head coach Scott Skiles finally got the chance to work with his team, though some of the pieces were still missing. The practice session ran a little over an hour and while there was no physical contact, the workout was intense. "It was good," Skiles said. "We had between three and five practice plans for today depending on how many guys we were going to have and we weren't sure until just a few minutes before. We basically had nine guys but tomorrow we'll have everybody." A number of players were unable to participate in the workout due to various contract situations. Mike Dunleavy Jr., who agreed to a free agent contract on Thursday night, was one of those players. The Bucks couldn't officially sign him until the deal which sent Keyon Dooling to Boston became finalized. Skiles said he's looking forward to the addition of Dunleavy, a good shooter with what Skiles called "high basketball IQ." "He's a good all-around player," Skiles said. "Coming off the bench, he shot 46 and 40 percent (field goal and three-point shooting). Throughout his career, his average has been about 44 and 36. He's going to be one of the better shooters, if not the best, on our team and he can also make plays for other people." Friday wasn't so much about establishing a mindset, putting plays in the playbook or even specific drills. More than anything, it was a chance for everybody to get back together, and start getting into the rhythm for when practice starts in earnest Saturday, following the annual media day event. Sunday marks the first day that teams can hold two-a-day workouts and Skiles said he might use that opportunity but doesn't plan to make it a regular habit during this camp. "There's a little bit of a balancing act here about trying to get in as good of shape as we can but not put too much stress on guys," Skiles said. No Jackson: Shooting guard Stephen Jackson wasn't at the Cousins Center on Friday. Jackson, acquired on a draft day trade in June, first arrived in Milwaukee on Friday morning and when his physical ran long, Skiles opted to go on without him for the day. "We got to a point where he couldn't get over here and there was no reason to rush him," Skiles said. "He'll stay at the hotel and just get ready for tomorrow." Bogut feeling good: Andrew Bogut was happy to be back on the court Friday and said that he's feeling the best he has in quite some time. Bogut played almost all of last season with lingering effects from an elbow injury sustained late in the 2009-2010 season and the Bucks shut him down in April. He underwent surgery after the season and had a bone chip removed from the elbow, which had greatly impacted his ability to shoot. The chip would sometimes press against a nerve, leaving his right arm fairly numb and forcing Bogut to shoot from his left. "(I feel) very good," Bogut said. "(It's) night and day from last year. I put a lot of work in over the summer, especially with my shooting. Getting my muscle memory back for what it takes to shoot a basketball. I feel like I've done that." During the summer, Bogut focused on improving his shot, sometimes shooting as many as 600 baskets a day. Brandon's busy summer: Brandon Jennings was active all summer long, playing in various tournaments and exhibitions. Because of that, the third-year point guard feels like he's like he's already in game shape. "It's just from playing everywhere," Jennings said. "The game never stops. Just playing in different events, trying to stay positive and to stay fresh." Jennings will have to learn some new faces in the backcourt, a position that has some serious depth after the acquisitions of Jackson, Dunleavy, Beno Udrih and Shaun Livingston. "There are a lot of guards, especially at the wing," Jennings said. "There will be a lot of guys fighting for a position."
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