Zaza Pachulia, who the Milwaukee Bucks acquired in the offseason to be the backup center behind Larry Sanders, participated in his first full practice after he underwent surgery to repair his right Achilles. There is no question the Bucks were excited about his presence as he will be a big contributor on and off the court this season.
“That’s huge to get him out there,” head coach Larry Drew said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They want to see how he is after these first few days of practice, see if he checks out OK.
“If he’s good, then he’s probably going to be able to play some limited minutes.”
Those limited minutes will occur during Milwaukee’s last few remaining preseason games. However, Drew does not want to overdo it, as it is critical for Pachulia to be in top condition once the regular season begins.
Not only will Pachulia be a veteran leader and the team’s physical intimidator when it comes to facing big offensive centers. He also will be someone the Bucks can count on time and again on both sides of the court.
“He knows my stuff,” Drew told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Zaza is a smart player. He does a lot of the little things, a lot of the intangibles you need out of a player.
“When we go back and look at film and see why a guy got open, it’s because he set a good screen, things like that. Hopefully we can get him back into a rhythm of playing again.”
Hopefully, Pachulia will be able to get into basketball shape by the end of the month so that the Bucks will be able to utilize him immediately.