Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Farwell, Michael Redd?

I think even Michael Redd knows his days are over in Milwaukee. It was a real up and down career for Redd with the Bucks, as he was drafted by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2000 draft. He is the only player in the 2000 draft to still be on the team that drafted him. He was given a contract in 2004-05 season for 6 years, $91 million. This made the fan in Milwaukee think we were saved, but he really didn't have anyone around him on those teams to make a difference.

He put up solid numbers from the 03-04 season to the 07-08 season. His points per game were above 20 every season. In the 05-06 playoffs he averaged 27.2 points per game in the 5 games the Bucks played. The problem with a guy like Redd though is you really need a drive and kick point guard to supplement him. Well the Bucks never have had a guy like that, and I think that hurt him a lot.

He was never really solid at defense, but lets not kid ourselves this is still the NBA. He did get a long with the community well, and seemed to be a team player. He worked hard to get back this season, so his heart was there. I have been a victim over the years of saying Redd has killed this team, but look at this year. We thought we had a winning team, but instead the guys will be able to get the golf clubs out on Thursday. Maybe this franchise just isn't ever going to be a contending team. Maybe they are just cursed because of the small market city they are in.

Reflecting, I would have to say it was good to see Redd give his all. Do I think he earned his 91 million? Okay, well no maybe not, but he isn't the first player in the world to get overpaid. I know if he is overpaid, as the hometown team you like to judge him harder. If we made a mistake in the Redd years it was paying people like Dan Gadzuric, Charlie Bell, Mo Williams, and Anthony Mason. If that is the best team they could put around a guy like Redd, well then we have no one to blame for this team sucking other than former GM Larry Harris. If they could get Redd for cheap I would love to see him come off the bench for this team next year. But let's get realistic I think it is time for the Bucks and Redd to head in different directions.

Thank you Redd for trying to bring some excitement to this team. Wish it could have been better though, and I think he feels the same way.


Winks said...

Are you also going to post a farewell article for Edge retiring?

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