Media Game 2007

2007 Bucks Media Appreciation Game
Bradley Center - June 9, 2007

ALL PHOTOS BY GARY DINEEN

Red Team White Team Green Team

June 9, 2007
by Truman Reed / special to Bucks.com

The 2007 National Basketball Association Draft is still more than two weeks away, but Milwaukee Bucks General Manager Larry Harris put his talent-sleuthing skills to the test on the morning of June 9 and was rewarded with a championship performance.

The three-game format took its
toll on most of the participants.
Matching his drafting expertise against Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak and Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock, Harris selected nine players for his Green team, which swept Krystkowiak’s Red team and Babcock’s White squad in dominant fashion to win the first Milwaukee Bucks Media Basketball Tournament at the Bradley Center.

Bill Peterson, just hired by the Bucks as an assistant coach last week, piloted Harris’ “Mean Green” to victories of 30-13 over the Red team, coached by another new hire, assistant coach Tony Brown, and 29-12 over the White team, guided by assistant coach Brian James, before a duly impressed audience of family members and friends.

The intensity built early when Drew Olson of ESPN Radio and On Milwaukee.com sustained a knee injury during the “Pre-Draft Camp.” Bucks trainer Andre Daniel and his staff were on hand to administer medical attention, but Olson was relegated to crutches and ruled out for the day.

A special on-court presentation was made by Steve Haywood of ESPN Radio 1510/1290 to Cheri Hanson for her eight years of dedicated service as the Bucks’ Director of Public Relations. The Bucks announced last week that Hanson is leaving Milwaukee to become Vice President of Communications with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Charlie Bell makes one of many
calls, this time with Gery Woelfel
of The Journal Times at his side.
Hostilities developed during the first game of the day. At the coaches’ demand, playoff-style defense sent a number of players tumbling head-over-heels as they tried to attack the basket. But Bucks guard Charlie Bell, who donned a zebra shirt to join Bucks Director of Sales Jim Grayson and Senior Account Representative Mike Dammen as the game’s officials, intervened and assessed both a flagrant foul and a technical foul to prevent a full-scale melee from breaking out.

The battle wasn’t decided until the final seconds as the Reds, behind a game-high eight points from FSN Wisconsin’s John Walsh, held off the Whites, 14-13. Colin Fly of the Associated Press contributed four points and Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times two to the winning cause. Time Warner Sports’ Tom Kurtz pumped in four points and WTMJ Radio 620’s Kyle Dlabay three for the White team.

Game two of the round-robin saw the Green team establish an early lead thanks to its share-the-wealth passing and the low-post scoring of FSN Wisconsin’s Bob Brainerd and WISN TV 12’s Andy Kendeigh. The Green showed little or no drop-off after Coach Peterson’s 5-minute substitutions and pulled away for a 17-point victory.

Kendeigh sank all five of his field-goal attempts and posted game highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Jeff Mailett of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tossed in six points for the winners. Mickie Leach of WITI Fox 6 had four points and colleague Tim Van Vooren five rebounds to lead the Red team.

The Green Team captured the title
with a 29-12 win over the White
Team in Game 3.
In the final game of the round-robin, the Greens took command early against the Whites, pitching a 6-0 first-quarter shutout, and yielded no more than four points in a quarter en route to a 29-12 championship-clinching victory. Maillet made six of his eight field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, and finished with a game-best 13 points for the champs.

Jen Lada of WITI TV Fox 6, the tourney’s lone female participant, not only scored two points, but ripped down a game-high eight rebounds and was presented with the tourney’s One Shining Moment Award for her running bank shot from the left side. Josh Adams of FSN Wisconsin tallied six points for the White team.

The members of the Green title team were Brainerd, Kendeigh, Maillet, Lada, Garry D. Howard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Adam Mertz of the Capital Times, Mitch Nelles and C.J. Knee of ESPN Radio 1510/1290 and Mark Hutchinson of Full Court Press.

Following the action, the tourney participants gathered at midcourt for a photo shoot, then were ushered – or carried – to the Courtside Club for lunch and an awards ceremony.

Harris not only celebrated his prize-winning draft, but presented the following post-tournament awards:

John Walsh of FSN Wisconsin (#10)
was all over the court.
Most Valuable Player - Jeff Maillet (Journal Sentinel)

Hustle Player of the Game - John Walsh (FSN Wisconsin)

CHIPs Award (CHarlie Bell Impressive Player Award) - Andy Kendeigh (WISN TV), Mitch Nelles (ESPN Radio), Gery Woelfel (Racine Journal Times), Tom Kurtz (Time Warner Sports)

TEAM ROSTERS:

Red Team

General Manager - Larry Krystkowiak
Coach - Tony Brown
Assistant Coach - Mike Sergo
Trainer - John Anderson

2. Colin Fly (Associated Press)

Mickie Leach of WITI TV was one
of many to take a tumble .
3. Emmett Prosser (JSOnline.com)
4. Lance Allan (WTMJ TV - Ch. 4)
5. David Marcus (WTMJ TV - Ch. 4)
6. Charles Gardner (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
7. Jim Angeli (WTMJ TV - Ch. 4)
10. John Walsh (FSN Wisconsin)
11. Mickie Leach (WITI TV - Ch. 6)
13. Gery Woelfel (The Racine Journal Times)
14. Tim Van Vooren (WITI TV - Ch. 6)

White Team

General Manager - Dave Babcock
Coach - Brian James
Assistant Coach - Jason Staudt
Trainer - Andre Daniel

Members of the Red and White
teams battle for the rebound.
2. Kyle Dlabay (WTMJ Radio)
3. Craig Karmazin (ESPN Radio)
4. Fred Hooker (Milwaukee Courier)
6. Chris Francis (WDJT TV - Ch. 58)
8. Rod Burks (WTMJ TV - Ch. 4))
10. Steve Orlowski (WISN TV - Ch. 12)
11. Allen Frederickson (Reuters)
12. Jason Hunter (WISN TV - Ch. 12)
13. Tom Kurtz (Time Warner Sports)
15. Josh Adams (FSN Wisconsin)

Green Team

General Manager - Larry Harris
Coach - Bill Peterson
Assistant Coach - Dwayne Wilson
Trainer - John Runnoe

Garry Howard from the Journal
Sentinel takes aim at a free throw.

1. Jen Lada (WITI TV - Ch. 6)
7. Adam Mertz (Capital Times)
9. Jeff Maillet (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
10. Garry Howard (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
11. Mitch Nelles (ESPN Radio)
12. Andy Kendeigh (WISN TV - Ch. 12)
13. Mark Hutchinson (Full Court Press)
14. Bob Brainerd (FSN Wisconsin)
15. C.J. Knee (ESPN Radio)