Aug 7, 2013|
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Mr. -- and joining us right now in the great midwest bank hotline. He is the general manager of your Milwaukee Bucks he is John Hammond John appreciate the time -- I say hello mr. Hammond. -- -- Aussie guys I am of anybody that called me mr. Hammond makes me very nervous. It's. A pop up. It will go coach Hammond as -- likes to call yet let's get right into this been a very very busy offseason adding we talked you at the beginning. When you didn't have a coach but you didn't know two point guard situation was going to be when you never to -- here as well. Let's move -- all these obviously with the the trade Brandon Knight introduced yesterday Brandon Jennings was introduced in Detroit yesterday. -- what made you pull the trigger on a guy like Brandon Knight what is it that you saw in night's game. That -- that would be the biggest asset to the Milwaukee Bucks. Why I think you know. We're able to acquire ate it up by young point guard I know Brandon -- was young Brandon -- even younger at 21 years old that they could be twenty to a December 10 two years under his belt and you just wonder. You know -- -- just completed -- here in this league you just wonder who who Brandon Knight is going to be after four years the league I think he's got a chance to continue to improve. He's been a two year starter for. In this league already and you know the guy has. He had a great pedigree you know you take about a guy like this and you know I should know better how long they've been gate giving -- Gatorade player of the year award bit. Went -- when I won that when I saw that -- does nothing to really impressed me so much about a guy like this is there's only three players that have. Rahal received the Gatorade player of the year -- -- in their junior and senior years and high school. In one was Greg Oden the other -- -- LeBron James the other -- Brandon Knight but that's a really good pedigree and I think he -- he's a tremendous guy. He he he works. Very very hard and he wants to be great and I think -- got the kind of personality and move forward long term. Was it evident to you that I know you've talked about you know anywhere to match an offer for Brandon Jennings and all that was it evident that -- is thought that even if you when he couldn't go on -- -- and they match the offer the Brandon Jennings can stay here. Well I think I think it would have been difficult for for both of us for branded and for our organization that. If he was an impossible. -- we just tried to be patient through the process and and and he was gonna be. Good for good for us as an organization and something that can also be good for Brandon -- and I think. You know as a bit yesterday have a lot of times you -- -- all the time we hope -- -- a win win situation you don't know how it's always going to work in the long run but this is one I do hope. It -- works well for. For Brandon -- because I really appreciate Brandon and what he's given to go until the last four years in and -- really enjoyed being around him. Then he gets in the same light -- hope but if it works great for us I think it while. I would Bucs GM John Hammond on Sports Radio twelfth -- BW SSP. What was the plan if the blocks I'm sorry if the Hawks don't match the offer for Jeff Teague. And then you have Teague along with Brandon and -- one year deal still sitting on the table. We -- -- dealt with that accordingly out of -- you know it's kind of a nonissue at this point that. You know I think if that happens again we you know we make a decision on on Brandon Jennings -- -- so to elected to the token I'm the plan doesn't change. To a certain extent we don't try to do explore penetrated -- what we can that's. I decided that happen. Brandon Jennings in Detroit yesterday before and it doesn't the last one I ask you about Brandon. Did you hear some of the things he had to say -- -- to the Detroit media including now he can change his game and now he's going to be a different player. Well no I didn't I -- talked to Joseph after the press conference don't he said. I think that it went well and I expect sojo like I would go well and and Brad and he does a good job with the media and the Dalai you know I'm once again I didn't hear what he had a neighbor that I'm -- -- -- -- -- -- nothing but the best for him. John. Going into this offseason did you think you're gonna have their remake this team as much as an -- as you get out -- complete overall this team there's so many new faces and with these guys I mean the right -- list there's not many people coming back. From last year's team. We didn't we didn't know that's for sure I need to Monta Ellis situation was going to be probably difficult to deal with that know how to turn and go with Brandon bit -- to key component in in particular bit. You know we've we've you know I think horrendous organization that they -- -- spot in I love -- -- and I love the youth that we have all of the fact that. We've got Brandon Knight at the one that -- that did that at 21 years old OJ Mayo at 25. We've got John hinted at 2010 to. About Larry Sanders -- 2.4 years old. You know and I keep on talking about little crusty veteran that we have been in -- family noble who just turned 26. You know in the end was that Brett best stretch fours in the league. Along with -- -- -- people like get the you know in the end and I I at all about looking down -- my on the court right now and the you know while Gary Neal on the floor -- -- about having him in and OJ Mayo 25 years old I think it's going to be a and I want to punch he had to guard spot -- I like -- that bad -- most importantly I like or you don't we talked about it yesterday I think we need to kind of -- Move forward with -- used to use -- start talking about bill and a championship caliber team I think. You know fresh do -- but yesterday we know what's gonna have to happen somebody's got to step up the -- got to step up in this group -- become an all star. And the one guy you know didn't mention -- got an identical bowed out of eighteen years old and it's. Look at -- speed -- got -- -- we need to put that kind of pressure on and can talk about that taught by a young kid like -- he -- that I know he wants to be great you know Brandon Knight wanted I think Larry Sanders once that. And Daniel guy like Giants and those guys if they really want -- they want to be great. -- I think they have the potential. That potentially special things in this league -- -- the most importantly they they really want to win have a part to try to put takes to win as a team. You know it gives you into a piece by piece but you put them all together -- are you concerned -- you know there's maybe some good players -- that they're -- north -- -- and they're -- be good together and then there's going to be that chemistry that their -- games organist who won another. I'm not lucky you'll be you know you hope that happens -- while I think he can -- -- And yeah I I didn't talk about that the second part of that was bringing and I think I like the veteran guys that we brought in you know I know Luke Ridnour. We know him we know what kind of a great teammate he is I think he's gonna be a great mentor for Brandon Knight and -- support him just -- it's totally supported Brandon -- good old stuff being the guy that we had here before but -- is is -- -- -- I wasn't here without them but I know saga known him well for us. My time in the in the league in and know what he stands for and I think he's going to be another guy that's going to be a great mentor and and and helped lead. Guys like Larry Sanders and got into the particular in that and an epic you know. On that front -- -- I'm really not about having those guys and we're gonna need that we got with all the you can that we happen all the you -- gonna happen before we need some real veteran pieces. But it helps support those guys -- not only from a leadership standpoint but also you know coming in and and can play real good solid minutes force. John can you say your first round draft picks name again forests. Well you know it depends how you wanna -- Me because I just want to be able to pronounce it. You good luck. When I decided that we knew we would we we had to do it his immigration papers yesterday to an idiot like -- -- and they're they're all difficult each one them. With -- -- it was probably when did you to print out below. But -- -- -- can we do that. I like that that that is -- last name is going to be I mean if it goes from like you know the bottom of one are picked to the other -- -- along the back of the Jersey just like -- but its first name amateurs yeah honest and. I think that I admit I did do the job board to work out and yesterday -- well I think that you don't really I could really turn out to. Yadda but did it but -- -- -- did -- a couple of -- now that not correct thought I had it. Now what is. Realistically what do you expect got to him this year. We get all the -- I don't know to be out with yet you know he he didn't have a chance to playing summer league. And out because he had a commitment you know had to come in with a Greek national team so we knew that we drafted him. He hit the rookie transition right now in New Jersey with all the other -- BA incoming rookies. And then from there he's gonna go to New Jersey not a gimme -- gonna go to Las Vegas on Sunday it's gonna participate in ten -- just camp which -- -- -- is basically for young NBA players -- rookie first second third -- here. And a couple smattering of of of of of veteran guys that's. That's going to be out and just. First. Introduction to the NBA and I'm I'm I'm gonna go out I can't wait to watch him. -- -- watching compete and I know he's excited about being there you know -- He's done a good nine right now and I do think he's gonna get bigger bodies and the taller -- our do you think he -- be at small -- stay at small forward can it handles so well the capacity go well. I had executed bit -- you know when you say what do we expect out of them long answer but here it is like I guess. The -- -- the short answer would be we want to expose him but not over exposing him. You know any -- that Larry Duke and find a way to get him on the -- -- -- minutes there for him. He'll get -- -- it was -- -- don't you know don't don't put a minute -- in two like comfortable produced early on but. You know -- he won't be helping don't training camp with the team and helping to an exhibition season and and really he -- capable of doing. Okay now you boys city do you think he's taller Andy's toys to put -- weight that's only natural for an eighteen year old Turk is -- -- do you -- -- -- taller too. Daria yeah he had -- you know they they they. Elected to the growth plates and lot of physical and they said you know what would. That the makeup of his body and it worries there right now they date you know our doctors think he can go another. Another inch or two for probably fairly easily. East and it -- got a tall young man committed to Milwaukee got Bucs GM John -- with us on Sports Radio twelfth at the US as -- As -- roster stands right now obviously it's going to be Brandon Knight at the one OJ Mayo -- to your 45 I'm guessing look something like Hanson and and Sanders. What is your plan at the -- -- if you were to put up your lineup right now for coach drew. Who's your starting small forward. They know I packed banquet he probably probably starters -- I'm assuming you know I think he's still deserved a spot and you know jog it'll probably come off the bench and play. Hopefully real quality minutes personality start him at the -- it might be branded a one OJ -- First shot it at that that foreign and -- five and right now there's no doubt -- -- fielder starting three days we look at it and they'll cold well not exactly been there done that -- he's started for us couple years ago on a 46 -- team in and you know he can you could start Carlos the great thing about calls I think you can use immediately and bring them off the bench or you can -- You know right now I'm sitting here mop up look at the -- start the depth started at small forward position Delfino could Middleton -- we just. And introduce yesterday and -- Still Eli I I feel I feel pretty comfortable -- were at -- I have to -- spot -- the point guard spot wouldn't Ridnour and it does to Brandon Knight and Ridnour and same thing -- this bout with OJ Mayo and and Gary Neal and -- RI love our Frontline I think we play adept on the front line. Especially with the youth clinic open and better -- like the Gaza. But that's small forward position noted it is a little concerning but you know we've we tried to address everything we possibly could. -- you know couldn't get everything done -- but we still have. You know we're still in a position right now we still have seven million dollars of cap room -- under the cap and seven million dollars -- We'll see we'll see how -- present himself you know I don't think it's time for it to get impatient right now but if there's an opportunity to add another piece -- -- maybe we can do that small forward position. I would I would think we probably look to do maybe I don't know payload type opposite panel Ottawa comedy away. It what's -- sort of what would the ceiling is for OJ Mayo can get better this was -- it favors old. The -- -- were still some growth in his game yet. Definitely you know I've definitely been and it in the -- that it happened because what he did it last year in Dallas. You know Jacobs can easily come in the league and I topped by picked committed nobody out I think maybe three -- what -- -- you. Yeah and and you -- had two great years in Memphis. I think maybe trickier but they can point to games you know. He did would you expect and then at Lionel one point -- Haven't come off. -- the bench and that's what I really respected about OJ from that point on you know during that time that that could not be easy for a guy like that you can -- Never one word of complaining in the media or or or a publicly. I'm front him and I respected him a lot from that point I'm -- go to Dallas last year had a I think you know great year Dallas had -- started out without without Dirk. People -- that team had no chance to compete law they did struggle but OJ carried that team by himself I think for the most part. -- came back -- numbers went down a little bit that. You know he would he was a -- -- -- -- -- the coveted free agent out there in India and it's at. Wing to wing guys are hard to find the ball the small forward -- -- -- are very difficult to find quality ones I think. We're not about having no change in that a guy an -- -- about -- -- spent thirty minutes I'm on the phone yesterday in. You know you just -- -- -- and you could tell how much he wants it how bad he wants to become a good player in this league. -- -- -- Thought -- -- OJ these people right now he's not a bad spot right now talking yesterday's in. -- in -- it would Dwight Howard working outside opt out I'll I'll take that. Or not a lot of weren't allowing Dwight Howard doing none of those and -- in his head still on bet some odds are good Smart kid back here a lot of it has stayed there. Yeah. An 88 EE -- we don't under -- -- they -- cream -- That's very true AF I don't want for you John from -- all you mentioned the word tanking in your press conference because I'm sure you've heard -- use it. It's been a lot of discussion about that because something that's the best way to build a franchise -- -- -- you were use words like be competitive and win games. I know that you're gonna tell me the ultimate goal -- to win a championship here in Milwaukee. But looking at the way this roster is built as young as you guys have all of a sudden become with a couple events in there realistically. What is the goal for this team this year and in -- say three years that are in front of us. Yeah with the help up with a big goal for this year is to put it you know. Mean -- black guy out like -- -- have paid a -- what I believe that's try to put a competitive product on the floor in -- I'm a wanted to get a job a few years ago. It that I had to here's what I hope I hope that you know that we have a team that are the -- our fans should be proud of the team is gonna be respectful of of their opponents yet compete and and cannot be afraid testify if necessary bit. But the team that there is really is really competitive. Team that played harder team to play that's healthy and -- you know when you walk out there -- -- played what I I respect these guys to respect the way they play and if we if we do and all that the wind we'll take care of themselves and actually believe that three to four years and now you know what I hope we are hope that worked well we have the young pieces that you know that my hope -- not open a three to four years now that we have Brandon -- Who continued to improve. You know maybe a guy like OJ Mayo would -- -- still have a piece like that around that we have. You know John Pittman and getting better -- and I continues to improve Larry Sanders is getting better. He got into the starting to really. Take off and become the player that we think he can become. And you know he put that team you talk about that he might you know -- know -- -- numbers will be played only eighteen today but three or four years from now. That he would still gonna probably average about average -- a total of 25 to point -- all. And what I hope what I hope my hope would be -- that three to four years now we have a team that's. That can't be competitive and we you know what we look at elected to play. Here's a team that's you know capable of winning 45 games but more importantly people winning 45 games which -- still -- the future and you know we can improve and there and go from 45 to do you know want to be which are willing to do. If that market beat the beat becoming a fifty win team in the NB in the NBA that's to me that's -- best that's what everyone's striving for it. While -- -- -- -- that you know in that range of 45 to fifty win team between the can maintain that. That's -- real -- ID say his name again one more time. Yeah god is -- -- -- virtue of that page I'd really appreciate the time so much hope will get a chance to do it again before camp opens up this season opens up October the thirty at the Madison Square Garden. Thanks for the time. -- -- Is Bucs general manager John Hammond joining us here on Sports Radio twelfth at the WS has -- in the great midwest bank -- There's a great mid West Bank dot com or call 8884854400. For today's thirty year four point 53% APR mortgage. Restrictions applied -- could change any time great -- West Bank since 1935 simply well.