Drew stay positive, pays off with Bucks job

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“That’s not going to change. I’m going to do the exact same thing coming here to Milwaukee,” Drew said. “We’re going to become buddies. We’re going to become good friends.”

He plans to start reaching out to his new players immediately, starting with John Henson. The rookie had planned to be in Milwaukee later this week, but re-arranged his schedule so he could be here in time for Drew’s news conference.

“You get on the coach’s side right away,” Drew joked, drawing laughs.

“I think he’s going to be a real good fit,” Henson said. “He’s just what we need. He’s a player relationship guy and the players are going to know their roles.”

Drew said he’s not committed to a specific offensive style _ “I’m not a big fan of predictability. Offensively, I think that’s very easy to defend.” _ but Milwaukee’s two young big men, Henson and Larry Sanders, will have big roles.

Sanders made huge strides in his third season, more than doubling his scoring average (9.8 points) and grabbing more rebounds (672) than he had in his first two years combined. Henson, a rookie, showed his potential with a monster game April 10 in Orlando, flirting with a triple-double with 25 rebounds, 17 points and seven blocks.

“This team has really good young talent. Young talent that I’m excited about developing,” Drew said. “The big guys are going to be a big part of the future. Their development is going to be very important, but you can’t teach height, you can’t teach length.”

As strong as Milwaukee’s frontcourt is, its backcourt is just as unsettled.

Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, who led the Bucks in scoring, are both question marks to return next season. Jennings is a restricted free agent while Ellis has until June 20 to exercise an $11 million player option.

That kind of uncertainty doesn’t faze Drew, however.

“I wouldn’t call it a challenge,” he said. “I would just say there’s some uncertainty and that’s part of the NBA.”

Though Drew came to Milwaukee as a child to visit his uncle, it’s been a long time since he’s spent any time in the city. On most of his recent trips, all he’s seen is the airport, the hotel and the arena. But Hammond made it a point to show him around during the interview process, and Drew came away impressed.

That just makes his new job even better.

“It’s absolutely beautiful here. Absolutely beautiful,” Drew said. “I’m really excited about being here and being the new coach of this team.”

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