It has only been a few days since the Milwaukee Bucks have joined together as one in preparation for the upcoming NBA season. However, head coach Larry Drew has taken every chance he has been given this week to implement some knowledge on the players.
One thing Drew would like to see from the players is to use their lightning speed to their advantage. The Bucks do not have any superstars that will take over games, which means they will have to rely on team chemistry to win. Part of that chemistry is getting up the court as quick as possible after a rebound or the other team scores. In fact, Drew wants to see the players move past half court in four seconds or less.
“That’s a lot of time to explore all the options out of our set,” Drew said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s something we really pay a lot of attention to when we’re putting in our offensive sets.
“As I told our guys, we want to play up-tempo but we want to be smart with it. We don’t want to come down and just jack up any kind of shot. We want to be very mindful of what the situation is. Make sure we get a good shot every time.”
That means anybody can inbound the ball and any guard can handle carrying it up the court. Obviously, point guards Brandon Knight or Luke Ridnour will typically set up the play, but any guard is capable of handling the responsibility. Also, Milwaukee will not have to necessarily dribble to advance the ball. Drew would like to see some calculated passes executed as well.
“We don’t want to be a predominantly dribble-up team,” Drew told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We want to advance the ball on the pass as well. A guy like Brandon Knight, he spends a lot of time in the backcourt. But if O.J. (Mayo) gets a rebound and brings it out on the dribble and Brandon is ahead, we want to kick that basketball ahead and let Brandon attack.”
Allowing the players to handle different roles will make the Bucks a versatile team that will cause all sorts of problems for their opponents.