I have been preaching all offseason that team chemistry is a huge reason why the Milwaukee Bucks will be a major threat during the 2013-14 NBA season and beyond. Apparently, veteran Caron Butler also understands that chemistry is the biggest advantage the Bucks have, which is why he figured out a way to get the players together.
“I texted all the guys,” Butler said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I extended myself to coach (Larry) Drew and he gave me all the guys’ contacts. I reached out to them and they openly came to the meeting and we talked. We had a good energy, a good vibe.
“That’s what you want to do, establish a tone before training camp. We’re going to do the same thing tonight as we go over some play-sets and continue to build our camaraderie.”
The meeting Butler is referring to is a dinner that he put together for all of the players on the roster, which includes 11 men who come to the Bucks from a different team. Many would say this is an obvious move that must happen considering all of the new faces. However, for Butler to reach out to the head coach to do something like this is very impressive.
Milwaukee has a new look with many different moving parts. It will take patience and discipline for the team to be running like a well-oiled machine. However, there is no question that when the players are up and running together as a single unit they have the potential to be unstoppable.
“We just talked about expectations and where did we see this team going,” Butler told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We felt real good about what we can get accomplished here in Milwaukee.”