Flynn, Jennings Square Off in Bucks Camp
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn will know where they'll start their NBA careers on Thursday. They just may be too tired to celebrate.
Jennings took less than 15 seconds Monday to say he is exhausted. Flynn talked about getting a massage after a cross-country flight and two-hour drive that didn't put him in Milwaukee until after midnight.
The comments came after a workout for the Bucks, along with Wake Forest's Jeff Teague and North Carolina's Ty Lawson. Lawson learned afterward he's off to Portland (Tuesday) and Atlanta (Wednesday) for more sessions.
With Thursday's draft looming, the four point guards are trying to make as many good impressions as they can to improve their status. Lately, it's shaping up as a battle for survival.
"It's been tough, being young, you're not really used to traveling and then playing the same day or waking up early in the morning and playing the same day, consecutive days," Flynn said. "This is the NBA life, that's something you've got to get used to really quick. It's good to get used to it now."
Jennings and Flynn will be in New Jersey on Tuesday to work out together for the fifth time.
"I see Jonny again," Jennings said. "We've been workout partners lately. It's been good though, because he's real competitive. He likes to get after it."
Jennings, who skipped college and signed with an Italian League team before coming back to the U.S. for the draft, had an ice pack on his left thumb after jamming it in Teague's jersey on defense. Teague said it looked like Jennings nearly broke the thumb, but that he didn't show any signs of pain.
"If I would have seen his thumb was hurting, I know I would've probably smacked it one or two times just to get that advantage," he joked. "I'm glad he's OK."
Teams are jockeying for position as much as players in the days before the draft, not wanting to tip who they might choose.
Flynn, who played at Syracuse, has twice worked out for Sacramento, which picks at No. 4, and Jennings could also be moving up. Teague and Lawson will likely be selected later in the first round.
"All the best guys in college last year were mainly point guards," Teague said. "The guards are where it's at now, everybody needs a point guard, everybody's looking for point guards."
Both Lawson and Flynn are listed at 6-foot, but Lawson said he didn't think it'd be a hindrance. "I didn't know there was a height requirement to be in the NBA," he quipped.
The Bucks previously worked out former UCLA standout Jrue Holiday and they will likely have several choices when they pick 10th on Thursday. It's a good bet Milwaukee will choose a point guard because it's uncertain if restricted free agent Ramon Sessions will return.
Scouting director Billy McKinney said it would be a tough choice between Flynn and Jennings if both were available for the Bucks on Thursday night.
"We feel like we're going to get a really good player," McKinney said. "Each of them had their moments when we look at it. That's why we're so excited about this group of guys."
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