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November 23, 2014 Updates

Q  How do you spell Antetokounmpo? Nate Wolters: Oh, I still have no clue. You want me to give it a try? A-n-t-e-(pause)-k-o-u-n-p-o? Well, it’s tough. I know how to say it. I don’t know how to spell it yet. Q How freakish is the Greek Freak? Nate Wolters:  He’s really good. He has gotten a ton better since last year. Just with his length, there are not too many guys who can do what he does. He handles it like a guard. He’s a really good passer. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Earlier Saturday, the NBA corrected a scoring error from Friday night's game, leaving the official final 124-82. At issue was a three-pointer that was incorrectly credited to forward John Henson. Instead, he hit a jump shot from the lane with 1 minute, 44 seconds remaining and is now credited with six points for the game. The three would have been the first of Henson's three-year career. "I was looking at the box score and saw they gave me a three-pointer," Henson said. "I thought they were just going to let it go. But it's all good." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 22, 2014 Updates

The NBA announced today that a scoring error was made during the Milwaukee Bucks-Toronto Raptors game on Nov. 21 at Air Canada Centre, which impacted the final score of the game but not the final outcome of the game. Bucks forward John Henson was incorrectly credited with a 3-point field goal when he made a jump shot in the lane with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter. The game statistics have been corrected and the final score of the game is Toronto 124, Milwaukee 82. Henson’s scoring total has been changed to six points in the official box score. All NBA games are reviewed to ensure the accuracy of the game statistics. Below is a link to video of Henson’s shot: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2014/11/22/bops-john-henson-hook-shot-112114.nba/ NBA.com

“He’s going to be an All-Star. No, it’s definitely not [impossible to conceive of his potential]. … I don’t think we’ve had someone like him,” Dudley said. “He’s [Kevin] Durant-sized but his game’s so much different. I mean, kind of more of a LeBron [James] personality, where he’s more of a passer than a scorer. With that being said, I mean, if I had to give someone that he can be similar to and label him, it’d be more like a [Scottie] Pippen. He doesn’t want to shoot threes. He’s someone who … could be a first-team all-defence guy. I think that would be his upside, but I feel like he’s even more athletic than Pippen.” National Post

November 21, 2014 Updates

Alex Rodriguez may be one of the most beleaguered and despised athletes in professional sports, but that apparently was of little consequence to the Milwaukee Bucks organization. The Bucks had the New York Yankees third baseman address their players while the team was in Miami last week to play the Heat. Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games – which was later reduced to 162 – and sat out all of last season after violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy. Racine Journal-Times

November 20, 2014 Updates

Despite some requests from the likes of Nets forward Kevin Garnett to remember what Kidd did for the franchise while it was in New Jersey, the die-hards at the Barclays Center greeted the ex-point guard with a loud chorus of boos on Wednesday night before his Bucks emerged victorious in three overtimes. Click on the video above to see the reaction. Newark Star-Ledger

It was a reception that would have been impossible to imagine last season, when the team retired the No. 5 jersey Kidd wore during the greatest career for a Nets player since the franchise joined the NBA. "My teammates, coaches, we did a lot for this franchise," Kidd said before the game. "But it's what-have-you-done-for-us-lately motto. I understand everybody has their opinion. It's business and I work for the Milwaukee Bucks." Boston Herald

Kidd insisted he never tried to go over King's head, and said he didn't want more control. "No. No, I didn't try to promote myself," he said. "Billy's the GM. He put the Brooklyn Nets together, so it is what it is. I didn't try to promote myself. I'm still learning to be a coach. This is my second season. I had a very interesting first year as a coach. I thought it was kind of funny that you guys were marking down how many times I held the clipboard. You do that to [Lionel] Hollins?" Newsday

Kidd denied trying to get himself positioned above general manager Billy King but also said they didn't have much of a relationship. He believes the Nets wanted to fire him in December, when they were en route to a 10-21 start. "I think it really helped me to see what I was dealing with, what type of people I was dealing with, you know?" Kidd said. Boston Herald

He has barely spoken about the terms of his departure and wasn't comfortable having to do it Wednesday. He said he had spoken to some Nets players since he left and was asked about last month's comments from owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who said the team made the trade with the Bucks because: "There is a nice proverb in English: Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord has split you." "I thought it was a great quote. I've heard it before, so was it something new? No," Kidd said. Boston Herald

Irina Pavlova, the President of Onexim and a buffer between Prokhorov and the Nets’ front office, spoke out this week — issuing a statement that said, “Bad-mouthing our former franchise player and Head Coach does not help the current team one iota.” But even as he has forged a Hall of Fame résumé Kidd also has left a path of destruction in his wake, teams angry, coaches’ careers in tatters. He moves on, but as friends? Bergen Record

On Wednesday night, Kidd returned to Brooklyn to face that hostile environment and scored a 122-118 victory for the Bucks in three overtimes. Amid the boos and heckling, the events surrounding Kidd's departure from the Nets have invited scrutiny from league power brokers concerned about how much influence some agents have carved out within franchises, league sources told CBSSports.com. At issue is the role that Kidd's longtime agent during his playing career, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, played in Kidd's attempt to achieve personnel authority with the Nets -- and, when the power play failed, his role in ultimately landing Kidd a handsome raise to supplant a coach, Larry Drew, who had not yet been fired in Milwaukee. CBSSports.com

Not often does one player leaving one agency for another result in a lawsuit but that's what happened after Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders left agent Andy Miller and ASM Sports for agent Dan Fegan and Relativity Sports in the summer of 2013 during the height of free agency. Last month, a New York judge dismissed that lawsuit, which accused Relativity of client stealing and sought financial compensation, and ruled the "Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint is granted for failure to state a cause of action." The ruling is vindication for Fegan, president of Relativity Sports' basketball division, and Happy Walters, the CEO of Relativity Sports, who was also a defendant in the complaint filed nearly a year ago. USA Today Sports

November 19, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Kidd was asked again whether talk he might be fired by the Nets last December contributed to his decision to go to the Bucks last summer. "It really helped me to see what type of people I was dealing with," Kidd said. "But I understand they did want to fire me in December." Twitter @cf_gardner

 

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