Originally written on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 11/19/14
In many ways, the core of my basketball knowledge came from my first writing experience dealing with basketball. From 2004 to 2007, I was the “hometown correspondent” for ESPN Fantasy Basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks. I watched 75+ Bucks games and enjoyed it, even though we didn’t yet have access to DVR technology. I don’t know how I managed. The Bucks were (as they have been fairly consistently) mediocre. They were led by Michael Redd during those years and had miserable coaches like Terry Stotts (who is reborn in Portland) and Larry Krystkowiak. From those years, I learned of my two least favorite player archetypes: the Tim Thomas and the Mo Williams. Thomas had an amazing array of skills, but preferred to take 3-pointers (which wasn’t really one of those skills). Williams is a shooting guard disguised as a point guard. Fortunately, the Bucks sometimes had an aging Toni Kukoc to facilitate the offense smoothly. Williams’s idea of running the offense was standing 35 feet away from the basket, twirling his left hand in the air, and waiting for something to magically happen. This drove me crazy, but neither coach could stop it.
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