Michael Carter-Williams Rumors
Bucks coach Jason Kidd benched Carter-Williams and forward Jabari Parker and inserted veterans Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo in the starting five. Mayo played 44 minutes and Bayless 43, while Carter-Williams played 16 and Parker 17 off the bench. “The past couple games my play has been down,” Carter-Williams said. “If I’m a coach, I wouldn’t start me, either. Whatever minutes I get, I’m going to come in and try to help the team, cheer from the bench and try to cheer my teammates on. I know it’s hard right now. I think things will get better.”
Rather, Carter-Williams said he was told that he had torn his plantaris tendon, which is located near the Achilles. Carter-Williams said the Bucks medical staff had assured him it was a minor injury and, with rest, he could resume playing shortly. “They told me it (the plantaris) isn’t really that important,’’ Carter-Williams said. “It sounds serious, but it’s really not.’’
Jason Kidd: We like what Michael brought to us for half the season, and we look forward to him being with us for a long time. He can do a lot of different things. He has the ability to score along with an innate ability to facilitate and run a team. Plus, his size makes him a mismatch at the position on both ends. On offense, a big guard like that can post up, and defensively he can guard really well, too. Being a big guard like he is — that’s not always the easiest thing to do with some of these very talented, young point guards. But I like what Michael has done this summer. I think he’ll be even better in both respects this year. He’s worked on his body and his jump shots. After being able to spend time with him, I look for a big year out of him. I think he’ll have a breakout season.