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The Milwaukee Bucks' chronic wasting disease
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The one bright spot: Brandon Knight of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The one bright spot: Brandon Knight of the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Because you certainly lost any faint trace of interest in the Milwaukee Bucks months (or years) ago, I am compelled to report that their season has ended. They fashioned the worst year in franchise history and did it with style, erasing a 20-62 effort in 1994 with a six-month spree of steaming garbage time that couldn't have been much worse.

Hard as it might be to believe, though, the Bucks did have a couple of bright spots. Brandon Knight, yet another one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat, was clearly Milwaukee's player of the year. He's not a true point guard because he's far too right-hand dominant, and he's a bit small for the shooting-guard position, but he looks like a solid player for a long time. Giannis Antetokounmpo is still the rawest of talents at age 19. If he continues to develop and the Bucks get lucky with their lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft, who knows?

That's about it for now, unfortunately. You could point out that John Henson, Khris Middleton, Ramon Sessions and Nate Wolters performed well at times this year, and you would be right. In the absence of a Kaminsky-esque transformation during the off-season, however, they're just guys.

From there the pickings get even slimmer. The Gary Neal era in Milwaukee came and went. Caron Butler, we hardly knew ya. No one would be surprised or care if O.J. Mayo is the next guy out the door.

Speaking of chronic and wasted, hey, Larry Sanders, am I right? The Bucks' center started the season by injuring his thumb in a Milwaukee bar fight and ended it with an orbital bone fracture and five-game suspension for marijuana, with some indifferent play thrown in between. Sanders, who signed a four-year, $44 million extension before the season, looks like the latest swing and miss for a franchise that's made many, many awful player moves in the past 20 years.

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