HoopsHype Larry Drew rumors

January 26, 2014 Updates

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

January 23, 2014 Updates

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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Drew said he believes Sanders will move on from the incident, which involved numerous people at Apartment 720 in the early hours Sunday. "Me as a coach, his teammates, the organization, everybody that's a part of his life, we want to help him to move forward," Drew said. "Hopefully he'll learn from this incident, he can put it behind im and we can march on." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 6, 2013 Updates

And they most certainly expect him to be the energy guy who became a fan favorite for precisely that reason. "He's just got to get back to doing what got him this recognition," Drew said. "It all starts with energy. Playing hard, rebounding, running the floor, setting screens, doing all those energy things. "He'll be able to score a little bit. But it all starts with energy and him being smart when he's on the floor and not taking cheap fouls, which does us no good. He's got to get back to where his intensity is at a high level." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Drew's previous experience with Sanders came through film study and whenever the Bucks played the Atlanta Hawks last season. Drew said he has yet to see that Sanders. "I've seen it in spurts," Drew said. "It's about consistency where he's doing it the whole time he's out on the floor. " Sanders said he did not take exception with Drew for his extended benching Saturday night. "For whatever reason Coach felt he was more comfortable with the group he had out there at that time," Sanders said. "He's been in and out with different lineups, so it's not real solid right now. "I'm being patient with him. Whenever he feels I should be out there, I will be. I'm trying to sit back and control the things I can and stay positive and keep trying to be the player I've been." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Larry Sanders has been studying his playbook this week. The Milwaukee Bucks center is learning a new system after spending his first three pro seasons under coaches Scott Skiles and Jim Boylan. Now it's time to comprehend defense, Larry Drew-style. "Sometimes it's less work; sometimes it's more work," Sanders said after Friday's practice session at the Cousins Center. "It's just an adjustment. "Different schemes, but they're simple. It's just a lot of them. And we're taking the time to learn them. Coach is being patient with us, understanding we come from a different system and incorporating what we already know into the system now." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

September 25, 2013 Updates

Abdul-Jabbar, 66, made no mystery of his desire to replace recently fired Ben Howland at UCLA, carrying out a media campaign to rally support. He was passed over for former Indiana star and veteran coach Steve Alford. When the Bucks filled their coaching vacancy with Larry Drew, it seemed to signal the end of Abdul-Jabbar’s coaching hopes. “It didn’t work out and that’s the way it goes,” Abdul-Jabbar said on Tuesday, speaking before an appearance at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue and 47th St. Wednesday. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer was there to promote his latest book, “Sasquatch in the Paint,” loosely based on his upbringing in Manhattan. “I’m not going to ram my head against the wall. It’s time to move on. I’m not actively pursuing that,” Abdul-Jabbar said of looking for future coaching jobs. “Writing has been a nice thing for me. I’ve been pursuing that more so than anything else.” New York Daily News

September 23, 2013 Updates

The Miami Heat have signed guard Larry Drew II, making him the 18th person on the roster for training camp with the two-time defending NBA champions. Boston Herald

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Miami has recently expressed interest in a number of free agents including Von Wafer, Julyan Stone, Vander Blue, Yakhouba Diawara, Larry Drew II, Je’Kel Foster and Justin Holiday among others, according to sources close to the situation. All of these players recently worked out for the HEAT. Miami may bring in several other free agents for additional workouts in the coming days. HoopsWorld

September 8, 2013 Updates

Also, undrafted rookie point guard Larry Drew Jr., from UCLA, will audition for the Heat over several days this coming week. Drew, who averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 assists for the Bruins last season, was originally supposed to play on Miami's summer league team but could not because of a quad injury. Miami Herald

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