The up and down career of guard Brandon Jennings as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks (www.bucks.com) came to an end Tuesday.
The restricted free agent was part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Detroit Pistons.
Yet another former Buck, Brandon Knight, comes back to the Brew City as this team returns to Square One.
Whether all the new faces will gel under the tutelage of new head coach Larry Drew remains to be seen.
But it sends a clear signal that ‘Papa Don’t Take No Mess!’
Paraphrasing James Brown, if you are not happy in a Bucks uniform and don’t want to contribute to making the five players on the court into a team…then you will do so for someone else.
Thus ends the promising, disappointing and more often than not frustrating career that Jennings had in his four seasons in The Cream City.
He did show flashes of brilliance at times.
No one will forget the 55 points he put up on Golden State in only his seventh NBA game.
Then, there were a lot of other times when he would disappear altogether at crunch time.
Or be seen sulking on the bench at then end of the game having been ineffective during his minutes.
It didn’t seem to matter who was at the helm of the franchise, Jennings seemed to be driving the train and it often derailed as a result.
There were playoff appearances.
But the gold-standard of greatness, whether or not you make the players around you better, never did apply.
He was given the keys to the car early on, but never went beyond getting his learner’s permit.
If you were to give him a grade, after four years it would still be incomplete.
Jennings may go on to have a stellar career, but not without growing up a little bit.
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