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Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond received some support from the team's new ownership group after the lottery drawing Tuesday night. Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry sat in the front row with family members during the lottery telecast, while Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway were a few rows away. Edens said Hammond would continue as the team's general manager for the near future but avoided making a firm commitment in the long term. Hammond has two years remaining on his contract, as does coach Larry Drew, who suffered through a 15-67 finish in his first year with Milwaukee. "This is like Day 3 since we've been the owners of it," Edens said. "We're very focused on the draft and working with these guys closely. "We're very happy to have those guys working with us." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Appearing on The Big 920's Mike Heller Show with Heller and Ted Davis on Friday afternoon, Stein didn't claim to have all the answers on how Lasry and Edens will approach their first summer in charge, but he did offer his best guess on the most pressing question facing the organization ahead of the all-important 2014 draft: "Well it's obviously early in the game, we're just getting to know these guys, although Marc Lasry is a fairly well known person in NBA circles. Not personally by me, but I know a fair few people around the league know him. "The early sense I get, and again I want to stress this is early and by no means binding, but the early sense I get is that I think John Hammond and Larry Drew will have a chance to stay in place and kind of show what they've got. I don't foresee changes between now and the draft, but I think if the coaching carousel that we've seen so far has taught us anything, what might seem like the most reliable rumbles or whispers don't always play out... "I think we have to find out more about the new owners, but at this point the early word going around is don't be surprised if Larry Drew and John Hammond have a chance to stick around and make their case basically." Brew Hoop

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Bucks coach Larry Drew admitted before Saturday's game he had heard talk about the franchise's future. "I heard some little whispers," Drew said. "I heard some guys (players) chirping about it a little bit. "It's not a distraction. I've been through it before. It's the nature of the business, and when these type things do happen and there's talk about teams being sold and new ownership and that whole thing, I take it in stride. I've been around this thing a long time and I've been with teams that are in this situation." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Bucks coach Larry Drew says he doesn't make a habit of conversing with opposing coaches after games. But when his good friend Doc Rivers pulled him aside after the Clippers' 114-86 win on Monday night, Drew made an exception. "He just pulled me aside before I left the floor and whispered a couple of things in my ear," Drew said. "I'd rather not say what they were, but they were very uplifting." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

It would be an understatement to say it's been a long, frustrating year for the Bucks and their new head coach, and Rivers can relate. While it may seem like ages ago because of Rivers' impressive accomplishments over the past few years, just seven seasons ago his Celtics won 24 games — the second-worst record in the NBA that season. "It's tough, but it's called a rebuild," Rivers said in his postgame interview with the media. "I've been through two rebuilds and it's hard on the coaches. Every night as a coach, you have to think you are going to win the game and it's hard." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Larry Drew has been frustrated plenty of times this season. But it was quite visible Saturday night after the Milwaukee Bucks coach emerged from a 21-minute post-game meeting with his players, following the Bucks' 112-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. And he didn't mince words when asked about the Bucks' lack of competitiveness against a short-handed Hawks team that was missing two of its best players - Al Horford and Jeff Teague. “I’m disappointed in everybody, myself included," Drew said. "We’re just not playing hard enough. I don’t care what the situation is. And again, me included. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"We’re paid to play hard. I’m paid to coach this team to the best of my ability and get these guys ready to play. This is not a time to make excuses for what has happened to us. The situation is what it is. As I told the guys after the game, 'it’s beyond basketball now.' It’s beyond basketball. It’s about going out there and representing what’s on your chest and what’s on your back. That’s the attitude we have to bring every single night. Forget the record. This is just about going out and competing.” Drew was asked if he could see players on his team who weren't playing hard. "I saw times where possessions were taken off," Drew said. "I don't care what the situation is from a wins and losses standpoint. Guys are paid to play hard." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Along the way, though, the use of analytics has made many an old-school coaches nervous, afraid that the same kind of tech boom that caused a restructuring in scouting and coaching circles in baseball would do the same in the NBA. It was an issue in mid-September, at the NBA’s coaches retreat in Los Angeles and at the annual coaches meeting in Chicago that followed, and the issue was familiar to anyone who followed the push-and-pull between the old and new schools in baseball—instincts vs. evidence. “I understand it makes some people nervous,” Bucks coach Larry Drew said. “It has been a really big topic in the last year or two. I know it was a big topic at the NBA head coaches’ meeting this fall. Personally, I am for it. … Some coaches are not. Sporting News

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Drew said point guard Brandon Knight will have his minutes increased after playing 15 minutes against Dallas on Saturday night. Knight had been sidelined with a right hamstring strain. "He's just coming back to us and we want to gradually get him back into a rhythm," Drew said. "Get his conditioning back. We won't log too many minutes on him." Knight will come off the bench Tuesday and rookie Nate Wolters will start, Drew said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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