St. Francis - It was tough for Milwaukee Bucks rookie Jon Leuer to stand on the sideline and watch.
But that's what the former University of Wisconsin star had to do for the first six days of training camp, while waiting to be cleared by FIBA, basketball's international governing body, from his German contract. Leuer, who played for a Frankfurt-based team in the Bundesliga during the NBA lockout, finally got into the fray Thursday at the Cousins Center. He signed a two-year contract with the Bucks and made a strong first impression in his opening practice.
"He's a smart player," coach Scott Skiles said. "He's got good defensive instincts. Obviously playing where he did in college, he's been well-coached.
"Watching his team in Frankfurt, you could tell they were wellprepared.
And he's a smart player, anyway. You wouldn't have been able to watch practice and pick him out as the guy who just showed up today.
"He got involved with everything; he's been watching closely and he was g...