Bucks' new coach Larry Drew: 'We're going to play hard...a team this city is going to be proud of'
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks have unveiled the 13th head coach in franchise history Monday morning.
"It is truly a pleasure to be here," said Drew when he opened his comments during the news conference.
"We're going to play hard, we're going to play together...a team this city is going to be proud of...we will be committed."
About the talent level his team has, he said the Bucks have "good young talent that I'm excited about developing. These guys are going to be a big part of the future."
"Almost every one of those conversations talked about Larry Drew as the man," said Bucks GM John Hammond during the news conference.
He coached the Atlanta Hawks to the playoffs in all three of his seasons there, including a first-round playoff win over the Bucks in 2010.
Drew said during the news conference that the Bucks are close to doing what his teams did in Atlanta as consistently in the playoffs, and possibly more.
"After playing these guys, I know what they're capable of," said Drew.
When it comes to the possibility of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis leaving as free agents, Drew didn't give too much in terms of specifics.
"Uncertainty. This is part of the NBA, players who become free agents...I will be sitting down, talking with John about the direction."
Drew also spent time discussing the importance of player relationships in an NBA that is typically more deeply player-driven than coach-driven.
"It's important to understand today's player. They have to feel like you recognize who the individual is...you have to show you care about (players) as an individual," said Drew.
"On this level, relationships (with players) are so, so important...I care about these guys not just as ballplayers, but as young men. These guys have to understand that I understand, that that they believe in what I do."
We'll have more on this breaking story as details come in to us.