MILWAUKEE It is, by all accounts, a crazy season in the National Basketball Association.
A 161-day lockout led to a shortened training camp and a condensed, 66-game regular season that started much later than usual has made for some interesting changes.
The schedule has been hectic for seasoned veterans. For rookies, though, it has been even more difficult.
In a normal season, rookies would be drafted in June and work out briefly with the coaching staff before heading to summer league play in either Orlando or Las Vegas. They'd then get some additional work with the coaches before training camp opens in the fall.
This year, the lockout prevented all of that from taking place, leaving little time for learning the nuances of the NBA game and making the adjustment from the collegiate to pro ranks. Add in the limited in-season practice time due to the reduced number of off-days between games, and the learning curve for first-year players couldn't be steeper.
In Milwaukee, the Buck...