MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Milwaukee Bucks will open their regular season on the road for the 29th straight year. The N-B-A announced its full schedule yesterday. It has the Bucks opening in New York on October 30th, with a game at Boston before Milwaukee’s home opener on November second against Toronto.
The Bucks will get their first look at Brandon Jennings in a Pistons’ uniform on November 25th at Detroit. Jennings will return to the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center for the first time on December fourth. The Bucks and Pistons will also play on January 22nd in Milwaukee.
The defending champion Miami Heat will only make one visit this season, on Saturday March 29th. The L-A Lakers will play their annual Bradley Center contest on March 27th.
The Bucks’ longest home stand is a six-game stretch in February. They’ll be on the road for most of March, with seven-of-eight games away from the Bradley Center. Bucks’ general manager John Hammond says his team is not in a quote, “tanking” mode after acquiring so many younger players. He introduced his starting point guard yesterday – 21-year-old Brandon Knight, who was traded from Detroit where he played two seasons after leaving Kentucky as a freshman.
Hammond spent July signing 11 new players. He said the Bucks can be competitive now – but his real goal is to focus on youth with the goal of creating a championship-level team. Hammond said he’s trying to bring in quote, “the right kind of people” to serve as a youthful core for the team.
Knight says he’s excited to be a part of it – and he’s been working out with new teammates Gary Neal and O-J Mayo. Coach Larry Drew says Knight brings speed and quickness – two traits vital in a point guard. Knight has started all but six games in his first two N-B-A seasons, averaging 13 points and four assists.