With only four players returning from last season’s roster, the Milwaukee Bucks will have to use training camp and the preseason as a chemistry builder if they want to be competitive in 2013-14.
The Bucks have a tremendous amount of talent, but as the team has proved in the past, if there is no chemistry it is all worthless. The players must get to know each other quickly. That does not just mean getting used to being around each other in the locker room, but also where each player prefers to have the ball when they are going to take a shot and what certain tendencies are on defense.
“Training camp is very important because we have so many new faces,” head coach Larry Drew said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We have a short period of time to put a lot of things in. There’s going to be a lot of teaching that takes place.
“We’ll have seven days of practice before we play our first exhibition game. We’re going to have to use every second of training camp the best we can.”
Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, Ekpe Udoh and John Henson are the only players to still be on the team from the 2012-13 NBA season. The fact that the four players make up one center and three forwards is significant because that means every single guard on the roster is brand new. That is something in particular that will have to get some getting used to for several players.
Newcomer Caron Butler, who is someone the team will look to as their veteran leader, is excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. He understands that there will be a time for adjustment, but he also knows that there is not a lot of room for error when it comes to building chemistry right off the bat.
“I think camaraderie is important,” Butler told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Coming in with all these new faces, just try to get it together and get it going in the right direction as soon as possible.
“We already had 11 guys in there playing pickup, as of today. We’re only going to build from that, and it starts now.”
Fans have to be excited about what the Bucks are capable of this season, especially since there are so many new players that have the potential to play at a higher level as a unit then teams in the past.