ST. FRANCIS, Wis. Brandon Jennings has heard all summer long how the Milwaukee Bucks backcourt of him and Monta Ellis is too small, too offensive-minded, and too lackluster on defense to succeed together in the NBA. And he's not afraid to hide his disdain for those assumptions.
So he and Ellis came to an agreement before Bucks' training camp is set to start on Tuesday. They were going to make it work, no matter what that meant for their own games.
"Just the fact that everybody doesn't want it to work and doesn't think it can work, we came to an agreement that we'll sacrifice whatever just to win," Jennings said.
Only New York and Miami in the Eastern Conference had a pair with top-15 usage rates comparable to that of Jennings and Ellis -- neither of those teams had both in the backcourt. But to coexist and really move the Bucks forward this season, both Jennings and Ellis know that they may have to give up the ball on more occasions than they may have in the past.