The Addition of John Salmons Has the Bucks Focused on a Playoff Spot in the Eastern Conference

March 5, 2010 – 10:30 am by Chris Fedor

The NBA trade deadline came and went about two weeks ago and the Cavs and Mavericks stole all the headlines.  However, one trade that was nothing more than a blip on the radar at the time could be one of the more impactful trades when it comes to this year’s playoff push.  When the Bucks lost Michael Redd for the season with a devastating knee injury, Milwaukee had no one to take Redd’s position and score the ball consistently from the perimeter.  That was until Milwaukee traded for John Salmons.  Salmons not only gives the Bucks the scorer that they lost when Redd went down, but he also takes pressure off young rookie Brandon Jennings, who has been up and down in his first year in the NBA.  Since coming to Milwaukee Salmons has been tremendous.  The man that all his friends call “Buck” is averaging nearly 20 points per game, the Bucks are 7-1 with him in the lineup, and Milwaukee has climbed up to the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.

John Salmons joined ESPN in Milwaukee with Homer to talk about what he brings to the Bucks, the current hot streak that the team is on, and what the goals in Milwaukee are now after the trade.

On whether he should get all the credit for the win streak:

“No, I can’t take all of it.  The team has been playing well, I think everybody has stepped up, and my team has been helping me out a lot.  Hopefully we can keep rolling.”

On what he brings to the Bucks:

“I think just try to be aggressive on offense every night and compete on the defensive end every night.  Just try to be a good teammate and help the team win as much as possible.”

On the focus in Milwaukee being on defense and not offense:

“Yeah, we definitely focus on the defensive end a lot.  It’s a little different system than I’m used to but I’m trying to get used to it and hopefully we can make a push.”

On getting re-acclimated to a new team once again and the differences in Milwaukee as opposed to Chicago:

“Yeah, this is my fourth team, but really like my third in the last year and a half.  Just with terminology and the way they play and rotate is a little different.  I’m still getting used to it.”

On his thoughts on Andrew Bogut:

“Well playing against him in Chicago, he killed us and I knew he was a good player.  But coming here I see he’s better than I even thought.  He’s good around the rim, he rebounds, he’s strong and he can hold his own down there with the best of them.  I’m definitely impressed with his play so far.”

On his thoughts on Brandon Jennings:

“Good young point guard.  He’s still growing.  He’s one of those guys who can get anywhere on the court whenever he wants and that’s a good quality for a point guard.  Being able to get in the paint, cause havoc, draw defenders to him and kick out to open shooters.”

On what the focus of the team in moving forward:

“No, our focus is on the playoffs.  We definitely want to make the playoffs and we want to move up.  Our goal is not only to get into the playoffs but to move as far as possible.”

Listen to John Salmons on ESPN Milwaukee with Homer here

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