ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Gary Neal headed for the bench with 23 seconds left on the clock. From there he watched his dream of winning an NBA championship slip away.
Coming so close to something chased since childhood to only watch it slip away is a painful feeling. A little over a month after the San Antonio Spurs lost a 3-2 series lead and fell in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat, Neal still isn't over it.
Now with a new team and in a new city, Neal has brought that chip on his shoulder to the Milwaukee Bucks.
"That was a tough situation," Neal said. "Being that close to having an opportunity to win a championship and coming up a little short is frustrating and disappointing at the same time, but it also leaves you with a whole lot of work to do.
"You look at it individually and say 'If I could have done this, or if I could have done that.' That's just motivation as a player to get better as a player, just the motivation saying I could have...