John Henson has quickly learned to take nothing for granted in the NBA.
Going into Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Henson fully expected to get some decent minutes.
His expectations were understandable. After all, in the Bucks’ previous game against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, Henson didn’t look anything like the rookie he is.
The 6-foot-11 Henson came off the bench and dominated. Henson scored 17 points and collected 18 rebounds. And he did all that in just 27 minutes.
Bucks coach Scott Skiles was admittedly impressed. In fact, Skiles told reporters Friday he fully intended on finding time for Henson against the Bulls.
As it turned out, Henson played a mere 1:18 in the Bucks’ 93-86 setback.
“It was unfortunate I didn’t play more,” Henson said. “I was ready to play. I thought I could have helped.’’
Henson said Skiles never talked to him after the Bulls’ game or after a brief off-day gathering Sunday at the Cousins Center, not that he expected an explanation.
Henson said he was more curious than anything and that, while he was disappointed sitting most of the game against Chicago, he wasn’t upset.
“If you have a bad attitude, it only exasperates your problem,” said Henson, the former University of North Carolina star who was the 14th overall selection in the June NBA draft. “I’ll be ready whenever I get another chance.”
The gregarious Henson then laughed and added, “It’s the life of an NBA rookie’s ups and downs.”
Jennings ready to roll
Brandon Jennings had to be helped off the court late in Saturday night’s game against the Bulls after spraining his left ankle.
The Bucks young point guard said the ankle was still sore Sunday but he had every intention of playing Monday night against the Bulls in Chicago.
Said Jennings: “As long as it’s not broken, I’m going to play.”
If Drew Gooden is upset about being on the inactive list, he’s doing a whale of a job hiding it.
The veteran power forward has said nary a negative word about his demotion. What’s more, he’s been constantly encouraging his teammates in practices and games. Sunday afternoon, after all his teammates and coaches had left the premises, Gooden spent nearly a half hour mentoring young big man Larry Sanders.
“I’m not a selfish person and I’m not a selfish teammate,” Gooden said. “I’ll do whatever I can to help the team. Right now, I’m trying to help the team vocally in any way I can.”
The Bucks don’t comment on trade speculation but the scuttlebutt around the league is the team is trying to move the 31-year-old Gooden, who is being paid $6.68 million for this season and the next two seasons as well.
Just a misunderstanding
Center Samuel Dalembert didn’t start against the Bulls Saturday night apparently because he didn’t arrive at the BMO Bradley Center at the proper time.
Said Dalembert: “It was miscommunication. It won’t happen again.’’