Brandon Jennings will no longer be in the spotlight come All-Star weekend, as the Bucks point guard has withdrawn from the Dunk Contest. DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors will be his replacement. DeRozan finished second last year to three-time champ Nate Robinson, but I didn't think he really did anything special last year, so I don't know what he will do this year. He'll have a bit more time to think about though, as he'll have a full month to prepare.
The exposure would have been cool, but I think pulling out is a good move by Jennings. The Bucks are not playing very well right now, and this team is not where we thought they would be. Sitting out of the contest shows that he cares more about his team than himself. He will have many other chances to get into the Dunk Contest in his career if he wants to, but maybe this just wasn't the year to make that happen.
Jennings' Bucks team will be in Cleveland tonight, still minus Jennings. He hopes to be back next week sometime, which is good news. Carlos Delfino is finally active for this game, although I'm not quite sure if he's ready to see minutes. On the other side, Mo Williams will miss the game for the Cavs, so no need to have nightmares about him hitting another game winner on us. Maybe things are turning around for the Bucks after all. Maybe this team that doesn't kick it into gear until February. Only time will tell, but for now lets just focus on winning against Cleveland. FSN Wisconsin has the tip tonight at 6pm Central.