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    Bucks G Redd says he’s near return
    By COLIN FLY, AP Sports Writer

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_yl...=ap-bucks-redd

    MILWAUKEE (AP)—Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd(notes) participated in practice Tuesday and is planning to play Friday in New York after missing the last 14 months following knee surgery.

    “It was fun,” Redd said of his first five-on-five practice since the injury. “I’ve got to get into the rhythm of playing basketball. This is my training camp right here.”

    Redd says he feels good, but will not play in Milwaukee’s game on Wednesday night against Sacramento. Redd took the team’s last road trip and mimicked the routine of the NBA travel schedule, working out in the morning and again at night while the team played.

    Coach Scott Skiles said Redd is in excellent condition. Redd tore ligaments in the same left knee each of the previous two seasons, most recently in January 2010 after just 18 games back from the first injury.

    “You can’t tell he’s missed any time in all in regard to his conditioning because during his rehab process he’s done a lot of working out,” Skiles said. “It’s just a matter of him getting his timing back, things like that, relearning the things we’re trying to do.”

    Redd says he lost 25 pounds during his rehabilitation and is still working on his timing and jump shot.

    His return is coming at a key point late in the season for both the team and his career after spending a franchise-record 11 years with the Bucks.

    Entering Tuesday’s games, Milwaukee is two games behind Indiana for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs while Redd is in the final year of a maximum contract and needs time on the court to show he’s fully recovered from both injuries when he enters free agency.

    “We’re excited to be playing for something at the end of the season. We’re right there in the playoff hunt, trying to do our best to get some wins,” said Redd, who has no expectations on how many minutes he may play. “I just want to do my part to help the team win.”

    Milwaukee also hopes that forward Drew Gooden(notes) (left foot plantar fasciitis) returns in the coming days. He practiced Tuesday for the first time since the team announced Feb. 2 he’d miss four to six weeks. Gooden has missed a total of 43 games in his first year with the Bucks because of the injury.

    “He obviously had a bottom of the foot injury,” Skiles said. “He’s got some conditioning things he’s got to get through.”

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    Default Re: Bucks G Redd Plans Friday Return

    He's the big wild card. The one thing Milwaukee doesn't have is a pure shooter to space the floor.

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    Meh, I think Jennings will continue to be a chucker and it's not like Redd is known for his defense.

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    Jennings is generally a chucker out of necessity. Milwaukee can certainly afford to have one poor defender on the floor, given that they play excellent team defense.

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    Seems like he hasn't played in 5 years. How effective could he really be? He's had to of lost several steps by now.
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    I can see him signing with Dallas after this season.
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    The last thing Milwaukee needs is something to kill their defense. It'll be interesting to see if his offense helps. I don't think it will.

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    I think this could help us out. Redd's return maybe just in time to possibly mess up the Bucks cohesive play they have had as of lately. Sometimes it takes a player a little while to fit in with the teams chemistry. If they can lose a couple of games with Redd's return that would be great.
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    Redd's return will have absolutely no bearing on the playoff race or Milwaukee's fortunes. He won't play enough to make a difference either way, and even if he did, there is no way that he hasn't lost 5 or 6 steps by now with as long as he has been out.

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    If a player loses 5 or 6 steps, does that mean they walk backwards when trying to run forwards.

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    Default Re: Bucks G Redd Plans Friday Return

    Quote Originally Posted by Unclebuck View Post
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    If a player loses 5 or 6 steps, does that mean they walk backwards when trying to run forwards.
    No. Considering the ratio to steps taken forward to steps taken backward is at least 6:1, it doesn't mean that at all.
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