MILWAUKEE -- Drew Gooden has stayed ready for his number to be called.
To his credit, many in his situation wouldn't have been. Lost in the shuffle with an abundance of big men, his first minutes of the season came in Milwaukee's 18th game and that eight-minute stretch occurred when the Bucks had victory well in hand.
Gooden has admitted it hasn't been easy, but he's a pro. There was going to come a time when he was needed and Wednesday night was it.
With starting bigs Ekpe Udoh and Larry Sanders and key reserves Mike Dunleavy and Beno Udrih unable to play, Gooden was Milwaukee's first man off the bench.
Playing 22 minutes, Gooden scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds, providing energy to an otherwise sloppy and stagnant game.
"That felt great, the opportunity to play," Gooden said. "It's a bad time for our team unfortunately with a couple of guys that can't play. To get my name called and go out there and play, that really shows how much I love this game."