ST. FRANCIS, WI (WSAU) The Milwaukee Bucks’ training camp does not start for 13 days – but players are already getting together to work out, and try to get into a rhythm on the floor. Forward Ersan Ilyasova was among those toning up at the Bucks’ training facility in Saint Francis yesterday – along with second-year pro Tobias Harris and this summer’s draft picks John Henson and Doron Lamb.
Ilyasova said other veterans would show up in the next week, and they’ll be ready for the rigors of camp. Ilyasova emerged as a leader in the Bucks’ frontcourt last season, and he signed a four-year, 32-million-dollar contract to stay with the team. After last year’s lockout, Ilyasova said he could see the importance of doing as much as possible to get ready for the season.
Last year, teams scrambled through a two-week training camp when the lockout ended, so they could begin their season right after Christmas. Besides the draft picks, the Bucks have other newly-acquired players who need to get into the mix – including centers Samuel Dalembert and Joel Przybilla.