SAN ANTONIO — Recently acquired level guard Eric Bledsoe participated Friday morning in his first shootaround with the Milwaukee Bucks, and coach Jason Kidd plans to plug the brand new addition into the beginning lineup towards the San Antonio Spurs.
Reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, who has began all 9 of Milwaukee’s video games this season, will as a substitute come off the bench, in line with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“For his first day of shootaround, you could see the dynamic of his speed; something that we don’t have at that position,” Kidd stated. “So we’ll discover out right here shortly. It’s going to take a while for him to grasp his teammates and perceive the defensive and offensive schemes.
“But he is a professional. He’s a really good younger man. He can badist us. He’s going to start out [Friday]. We’re going to start out him, and begin that relationship with the beginning group.”
Kidd didn’t reveal how he would rotate enjoying time between Bledsoe and Brogdon, who’s averaging 16.2 factors and Four.9 badists this season after making 28 begins as a rookie.
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Acquired by the Bucks by a commerce with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, Bledsoe joined Milwaukee in San Antonio on Thursday, however was unable to follow as a result of his new group hadn’t but obtained affirmation the commerce was finalized by heart Greg Monroe pbading his bodily.
So Bledsoe could not be part of his new teammates on the ground till Friday’s morning shootaround. The new Bucks level guard stated he labored with “completely different lineups and in numerous conditions,” adding that “I’ve received a simple job” as a facilitator for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
“It feels good, man. It’s been nearly three weeks that I have never been on the court docket enjoying,” Bledsoe said. “I used to be figuring out, nevertheless it’s not the identical as enjoying with the physicality and the extent of competitors, enjoying towards folks. It feels good to get again from that side. It’s a consolation zone for me. I really like the sport. I grew up enjoying it. So nothing has modified.”
Kidd stated the workers’s plan initially is to restrict Bledsoe’s minutes towards the Spurs.
“They’ve talked about 20 minutes, and so we’ll see because it approaches how he feels,” Kidd said. “It’s not like he is coming off an damage. It’s he hasn’t performed. So we do not wish to throw him on the market, and have him play 35 minutes.”
Bledsoe hasn’t performed for the reason that Suns’ 130-88 loss to the Clippers on Oct. 21, by which he logged 24 minutes and completed with 4 factors on 1-of-Four taking pictures. Two days later, Suns common supervisor Ryan McDonough despatched Bledsoe dwelling after the purpose guard tweeted “I do not wanna be right here” simply hours earlier than the firing of coach Earl Watson.
Of his time in Phoenix, Bledsoe solely stated that “it was positively difficult enjoying with a group stuffed with nice younger gamers,” earlier than turning his consideration to the Spurs.
“I really feel nice, man. You know it’ll all the time be a hard-fought recreation in San Antonio, the place it comes down all the time to that final couple of minutes,” Bledsoe said. “They’re going to care for the ball, so that you simply have to remain constructive and keep collectively, particularly in this kind of surroundings. This is an enormous studying scenario. But for probably the most half, we have got loads of expertise on this group. So that may care for itself.”