No passing Buck: Jennings says Sanders and his former mates couldn’t finish, so he had to shoot the rock more.

Responding to former Milwaukee teammate LARRY SANDERS’ claim that he looked for his shot early and often while with the Bucks, Pistons point guard BRANDON JENNINGS told the Detroit Free Press that he and fellow guard MONTA ELLIS had to shoot in order for the Bucks to win games.

“I had to, I had to, though. I mean, I had to take the shots. That’s just what it is. Me and Monta had to take those shots. Regardless for us to even get into the eighth spot in the playoffs, we had to take those shots. That’s just what it is.

“I wasn’t taking shots at Milwaukee, but let’s be honest here. I got two of the best young big men in the league. I’m not going to sugarcoat it or say it any other way. If he feels like I wasn’t passing him the ball … (laughs). There’s times that that I had 20, 18, 19 assists in a game over there, so I was passing. Sometimes you gotta be able to finish.”     —Pistons guard Brandon Jennings

To review, when Jennings mentioned he now has a better cast of big men as teammates in Detroit, Sanders took exception and said Jennings “has to pass it to them first.”

Buckshots: Jennings and Ellis became volume shooters last season to give Milwaukee a shot.

Basically what this boils down to is Jennings having very little faith or confidence in Sanders or the other Bucks bigs to produce down the stretch last year. That likely won’t be Brandon’s attitude this season with the bigs in Detroit, though.

All that says to me is Sanders and his Milwaukee mates ought to show improve and prove Jennings wrong. An impressive showing in Detroit on November 25 would be a great example.


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