I don't know who Brandon Jennings is.
This has been bothering me for quite a while. I usually can figure out a local player especially after covering him for several years. But Milwaukee Bucks PG Brandon Jennings? I'm not sure...i THINK i'm know which way I'm leaning, but i'm not totally sure yet.
On one hand, he's said he wants to be the face of the franchise. In the past, he's said (paraphrasing) "who wouldn't want to be the face of one the NBA's 32 franchises". Ok..i'll buy that. Not exactly the most pursuadeing statement i've ever heard but whatever. "I want to win games and go to the playoffs" Again, ok...but that attitude's not getting 18,000 to the BC each night.
And then there's the other side of Brandon. The one who uses phrases like "we'll just have to deal with it" when his playing time is reduced after the trade. (try using that one on your wife after ANY dispute) Or when he says "now i see why guys like a big market" after playing in New York.
I don't blame the guy for wanting playing time. I don't blame him for wanting to be the face of the team. I don't blame him for wanting to get paid like a top level PG (even if he's not). I don't blame him for his comments in the Dallas morning news "The Mavs are about winning".
WE want a winner in Milwaukee too. WE want him to be great. WE want him to be a franchise player.
I get the feeling that Brandon doesn't want to be here in Milwaukee. This is a far cry from his "it's like living in Europe. I like it because it's small" mantra we heard when he was drafted. Milwaukee is a proud city. Milwaukee is very protective of it's own. Turn on this city, and it's residents will quickly turn on you. Brandon's not bashing the brew city, but he's sure not showing it a lot of love.
His attitude + what he says + what he DOESN'T say + with his his turnover prone play in the late stages of games = not helping his "q rating" in this town. I don't know what the plan is in the off season. Will the Bucks match an offer from another team? Not sure. General Manager John Hammond seems like he wants to. Would you? What's his ceiling? Can he get better? WILL he be happy in Milwaukee? Will he want to improve? What will his attitude be if he's resigned? Tough, tough offseason for the Bucks...again.