Dusting Off The Cobwebs

By Troy A. Sparks, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 21, 2010

MILWAUKEE (BASN) — Veteran guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse was released by the Dallas Mavericks, he kept working out in the weight room.

He ran up and down the court against high school kids while waiting for some team to call for his services. The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t waste any time and signed Stackhouse earlier this week.

Stackhouse is trying to settle in, occupying the dressing stall that belonged to departed player Roko Ukic, which is between the stalls of forwards Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Hakim Warrick.

It didn’t take long for Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles to put Stackhouse into the game against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday.

With 4:12 left in the first quarter, Stackhouse replaced guard Charlie Bell. He wore No. 24. Throughout his career, Stackhouse wore No. 42. Bell wears that number. He couldn’t wear No. 2 or No. 4.

They’re both the retired numbers of Junior Bridgeman and Sidney Moncrief.

Stackhouse played the remainder of the first quarter. He had one defensive rebound and two assists at that point. “Stack” didn’t take any shots in the quarter as he was trying to get used to running up and down on an NBA court.

“I felt good,” Stackhouse said. “You got to crawl before you walk. I’m definitely gonna stick with that more so than trying to take off full blast.”

In the second quarter, Stackhouse missed his first two shots and collected two more rebounds. Bell replaced him at the 6:27 mark. Stackhouse played almost 10 first half minutes (9:45).

Stackhouse subbed for Bell with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter and the Bucks ahead 77-75. You can excuse him if he didn’t know what offense his team was running.

“I think it’s kind of on the fly,” Stackhouse said. “When sets are coming to you, then it’s a lot easier.

“You kind of got plays that are set up for you to come, and I think, coming out of a timeout were great. They draw everything out. When you get there, sometimes you get a call on the fly.”

Entering the final quarter, Stackhouse was 0 for 3.

With 9:05 left, Bell found Stackhouse in the left corner for a 3-point shot, which he made. It turned an 87-86 deficit into a lead for good at 89-87. The Bucks won 113-107.

In 17 minutes of action, Stackhouse was 1-of-5 with three points, five rebounds and four assists. “Not bad”, according to the assessment of Skiles.

“He looked good,” Skiles said. “He had a couple of shots that he would normally make. He hit a big three for us and passed the ball well; got a little winded out there. Overall, I thought he moved down the floor pretty well.”

Added Stackhouse: “I’ll be fine. I find my spots. I know where I’ll get some opportunities from.”