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.”
Basketball skills aside, Vaughn also has a big-time heart. While a relatively quiet person, Vaughn’s actions speak loudly. He has always been willing to lend a hand as he once again demonstrated Tuesday. That’s when Vaughn distributed 250 turkeys at an event for the Inspiring Minds Child Development Center in Milwaukee. “Being able to give back to the community is something I always want to do,’’ Vaughn said. “I’ve been here in Milwaukee a few months and I hadn’t done anything yet, so I thought this would be a good time to do that.’’
But what’s unusual about Vaughn’s decision is that it was unscripted and not some publicity stunt instigated by his agent or business people. “This was my idea; I did this because I’ve always wanted to do it,’’ Vaughn said. “I was always going to do something here in Milwaukee, whether it was like a toy drive for Christmas or whatever.’’ Tzvi Grossman of Royalty Management, who is Vaughn’s business manager and helped organize the event, said the event illustrated Vaughn’s maturity and how he gets the big picture.
But he wasn’t talking about his verbal spat with Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins following Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee. A source told the Journal Sentinel that Bucks players escorted Mayo to his car in the players’ parking lot after a heated verbal exchange between Bucks and Kings players in the hallway. The incident followed Sacramento’s 129-118 victory. “Oh, man, I’m a little slow,” Mayo said with a smile. “I can’t remember past two days ago. I forgot what I ate for Thanksgiving. You know I don’t know what happened after that game.”
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Skiles did not always play Harris as a rookie and second-year player with the Bucks, but he said there were reasons for that. “He was pretty mature as a person even then,” Skiles said of Harris, who left Tennessee after his freshman year to enter the NBA draft. “In camp he got sick; he fell behind. At that time, we just felt (Luc) Mbah a Moute was a better defender and (Mike) Dunleavy was a better offensive player, and Tobias didn’t get as many minutes. But we were high on him. Not that anybody would have listened to me, but if I would have still been the coach, I would not have been for moving Tobias. That’s for sure, if somebody would ask my opinion.”