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January 12, 2015 Updates
January 11, 2015 Updates

Ersan Ilyasova is ready to return to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup Thursday when the team plays the New York Knicks in the NBA Global Games in London. Suddenly, the Bucks power forward position will look a lot different with Ilyasova playing as a "stretch 4" again and recently signed Kenyon Martin pitching in on the front line. Ilyasova has missed 19 of the last 20 games after suffering a broken nose Dec. 2 in Cleveland and a concussion when he returned Dec. 23 against Charlotte. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 9, 2015 Updates

But on Friday, the team will take airborne crowd giveaways to the next level. The Bucks have partnered with cold-weather brand Weatherproof to launch the company's heat-retaining long sleeve shirts, down vests and even jackets that retail for $100 each. The Bucks, under the new ownership of Marc Lasry and Wes Edens, already have won 19 games, four more than last season's total, and are on pace for their best season in five years. The Weatherproof promotion begins at Friday night's home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. ESPN.com

Sanders, though, has denied that he is contemplating retiring or otherwise walking away from the Bucks and his fat new contract. No one on the Bucks, from president Peter Feigin to coach Jason Kidd to teammates in the locker room, has heard him say anything about quitting the team or the NBA. It doesn't appear to be a ploy for leverage to be traded or become the next Josh Smith, either. NBA.com

The team isn't entirely certain what its options are, as far as paying Sanders' salary while he's unavailable to perform, but that doesn't sound like the most pressing matter internally, according to league sources. The Bucks have plugged the hole up front at least temporarily, signing NBA veteran power forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract. After weekend games against Minnesota and at Chicago, they'll all head to London for the Jan. 15 Global Game against New York. NBA.com

January 8, 2015 Updates
January 7, 2015 Updates

The Milwaukee Bucks organization is proud to announce the expansion of the local ownership team to include several more of Wisconsin’s most prominent leaders. The new additions of local entrepreneurs and philanthropic leaders include Jeffrey Joerres, ManpowerGroup’s Executive Chairman, HUSCO International’s Founder Agustin Ramirez and current CEO Austin Ramirez, as well as Marc and Adam Stern, minority owners of the Milwaukee Brewers. NBA.com

The team had not said much about his absence other than it was for personal reasons. That fueled speculation about what's really wrong and that he might even be done with basketball. ''It feels great to be around the guys again,'' Sanders said after his first public appearance with the team in two weeks. ''There is no timetable for my return.'' Sanders was vague, but said he was making progress, getting to the root of his issues and correcting them. ''Without these things being corrected, I don't think basketball will be something I can even do,'' he said. Yahoo! Sports

He said that speculation he might walk off the court for good simply was false. ''But, what is true,'' he said, ''is that I'm in the process of working things out now to do as best for my psyche and my physical health going forward. There's a lot of evaluating going on. There's a lot of inside talk just to put myself in the best place for my health right now.'' Yahoo! Sports

January 6, 2015 Updates

Feigin said Sanders was experiencing personal issues "of which we are 1,000% supportive of around him." He added that the franchise's new owners want to "surround players with the best medical, psychological, emotional and physical support we can possibly have. When Larry's ready, he'll be ready." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

In a luncheon appearance at the War Memorial Center on Tuesday, Feigin denied a media report that was published on Twitter that Sanders recently told team officials he didn't want to play basketball any longer. "Larry didn't say that," Feigin said. "Which I can tell." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel



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