Milwaukee loses Michael — again

By Troy A. Sparks, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 13, 2010

MILWAUKEE (BASN) — Two losses on the road for the Milwaukee Bucks so far on their western trip aren’t enough to overcome the loss of guard Michael Redd to a season-ending injury.

Redd went down in the second quarter in Los Angeles during the game against the Lakers Sunday. He suffered ACL and MCL tears in his left knee again.

It was the same knee that ended his 2008-09 season.

In the home opener, October 31st, Redd injured his left patella tendon. It put him out of action for 16 games.

Before the latest injury, Redd played in 13 straight games.

That’s two serious injuries in the past 12 months.

This time, the ACL and MCL injuries could be career-threatening.

So those minutes will probably go to rookie guard Jodie Meeks and veteran guard Luke Ridnour. Guard Roko Ukic is no longer on the team. He left for other opportunities.

I think Redd is damaged goods, which doesn’t look good for a 30-year-old. Playing about 10 years in the NBA, with all the traveling, games and back-to-back nights will break you down.

With Redd now added to the walking wounded the Bucks already have, they’re broken downs and has beens and what ifs who’ll look good in nice threads.

Redd will join center Dan Gadzuric and forward Joe Alexander at the end of the team bench next to the Gatorade drinks.

Here’s the screwed-up part about the Redd situation: He has an $18 million option for next season, his last. It’s likely that he’ll rehab his knee and try to come back.

In 2005, the 6-foot-6 Redd signed a six-year, $91 million contract. It was the richest deal in franchise history. The fans didn’t get what they paid for from him the last two years.

Could it be the reason that Bucks coach Scott Skiles went to the hospital in Phoenix Monday with an irregular heartbeat? Milwaukee played the Suns that night in a 105-101 loss.

As a coach, worrying about an injured player, the losing and when rookie guard Brandon Jennings will fall on his face and enter the “rookie wall” can stress the mind and soul.

For a medium-market team, the Bucks have a history of overpaying their players for bad performances.

People like Anthony Mason, Gadzuric, Jamaal Magloire, Bobby Simmons, Jason Caffey, Malik Allen, Robert (Tractor) Traylor, Randy Breuer, etc.

To make a long story short, they all sucked!

And we’re stuck with Redd.

Well, really, that’s not our problem. That’s Senator Herb Kohl’s problem. Kohl has owned the Bucks since March of 1985.

No wonder he doesn’t look happy every time he visits the Bradley Center. There are deep holes in his pockets because he’s not getting a nice return on his investments — which include the bad basketball fans see on the court — the team and aging facility.

He should’ve sold the team a couple of years ago. If he changes his mind and sell the franchise, the new owner or owners might move the team.

Even after Milwaukee dump expiring contracts off the books after this season, there will be enough left over to pay Redd his ducats. Believe me; he’ll be in the back pocket of the senator for his cash.

No team is interested in trading with the Bucks for Redd and absorbing the remainder of that pig of a contract.

It’s too bad that the injury had to happen to a good guy. The NBA should follow the blueprint of the NFL and guarantee only the signing bonus money to reduce injury risks.