Sherman Douglas doesn’t know much about the Milwaukee Buc
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Sherman Douglas doesn’t know much about the Milwaukee Bucks, but he’s eager to team up with a couple of them _ Glenn Robinson and Vin Baker.
Douglas, a point guard traded by the Boston Celtics to the Bucks Sunday for swingman Todd Day and center Alton Lister, said his new team was pretty much a mystery to him, except for Robinson and Baker.
``I haven’t paid that much attention (to the Bucks),″ he said. ``But I know they have two great players. I like their chances. I think they’ll be right there.″
The Bucks, trying to shake things up after a dismal 3-9 start, were expected to follow Sunday’s deal with another move involving guard Eric Murdock, who predicted he could be traded as soon as today.
``I’m very happy if that is the case,″ said Murdock, who, like Day, has been unhappy with reduced playing time this season.
Murdock and Day had not played Friday night, which had sparked trade rumors, and Murdock did not play again Sunday when the Bucks lost 105-102 to Minnesota.
Bucks coach Mike Dunleavy, who has been starting Lee Mayberry ahead of Murdock, said Douglas had leadership ability the team needs. The team’s fourth-quarter collapse Sunday night in its 105-102 loss to Minnesota is the kind of problem he wanted to remedy.
The Bucks also activated center Kevin Duckworth from the injured list, and he played Sunday night. He was acquired Oct. 18 in a trade with Washington but went on the injured list Oct. 31 after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Douglas was caught in a backcourt logjam in Boston. Since last season, the Celtics acquired free agent Dana Barros to go along with guards David Wesley, Greg Minor and Dee Brown.
``We’ve had these ongoing conversations,″ said M.L. Carr, Boston’s coach and director of basketball operations. ``It was businesslike. They started back before training camp.″
Douglas, a second-round pick of the Miami Heat in 1988 out of Syracuse, made the NBA all-rookie team that season and joined the Celtics in the 1992-93 season.
Going into this season, he was averaging 13 points and 7.3 assists. He averaged 9.8 points in 10 games this season and 23.4 minutes a game, mostly as a reserve.
Douglas was upset over his playing time last season under former coach Chris Ford. He lost some of his fan support a few seasons ago when he took off his sneakers in the second half of a game in Minnesota and left the team for personal reasons.
Day, 25, a first-round pick of the Bucks out of Arkansas in 1992, has been averaging 9.1 points and Murdock 6.9, with both playing about 21 minutes a game.
Lister, 37, was averaging 1.4 points in limited playing time. He first joined the team as a first-round draft pick in 1981 but left after five seasons. He was reacquired as a free agent last season and averaged 2.8 points a game.
Lister played for Milwaukee from 1981-86 and holds the Bucks career record for blocks.
``I remember he could block shots and rebound,″ Carr said. ``I hope he can still do it. He gives us some play up front.″
Murdock, acquired from the Utah Jazz in a trade in 1992, averaged 13 points while starting about half the games last season.
The trade was contingent on the players passing physical exams.
Day said he hated to leave his Milwaukee fans and teammates.
``This is where I started my career, but it had become a bad situation for both of us,″ he said. ``The things I can do, I guess Mike didn’t feel I could help the team doing them.
``But I’m going to a good situation.″