MILWAUKEE If Bucks general manager has just one wish for the 2011-12 NBA season, it's this:
"Give us a break this year," Hammond says. "Give us a chance to stay somewhat healthy and we're going to have a good season."
His wish doesn't come without reason. The Bucks led the league last season with 275 games lost due to injury by 14 different players.
"I look at that and say that was an anomaly," Hammond said. "I've never been around a team that's gone through that before, and I don't expect that to happen again. I expect us to have a good season and a healthy season."
The Bucks' health concerns will be under considerable scrutiny because of the condensed 66-game schedule made necessary by a 149-game lockout. The official slate is expected to be released Tuesday, but teams will likely play about four games a week for most of the season.
Because of the issues last season, the Bucks' medical and coaching staff will keep a close eye on players. Nagging injuries or small discomfort...