Part II: Delfino vs. the world

Bucks swingman followed up short-lived Russian stint with best NBA season

By Truman Reed

Carlos Delfino
"This group is full of good people and good guys. I'm really happy about it. It was a good year personally."
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There can't be many professional basketball players in the world whose 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons were more dramatically different than Carlos Delfino's.

And from Delfino's standpoint, the change was most definitely for the better.

The 6-6, 230-pound swingman, who will turn 28 years old August 29, spent his ninth professional season playing in the Russian Superleague.

After signing a three-year contract with BC Khimky Moscow, Delfino's season was limited to just 10 games when the team encountered severe financial setbacks and Delfino was allowed out of his contract.

August 18 will mark the one-year anniversary of the trade in which the Milwaukee Bucks acquired Delfino from the Toronto Raptors, who still held his National, Basketball Association rights, along with guard Roko Ukic in exchange for Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems.

And for Delfino, the anniversary will be worth celebrating.

An optimist, he put the most positive spin possible on his brief adventures in Russia when he came on board with Milwaukee.

"It's a different world," Delfino said. "In a year that was problematic for me, I tried to see the good part. I learned many things