Saturday, March 26, 2011
Michael Redd to return vs. Bulls
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd will suit up against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night and may play his first NBA game in more than 14 months.
Redd tore ligaments in his left knee each of the previous two seasons, most recently in January 2010 -- just 18 games after he returned from his previous knee injury. Redd played a total of only 51 games in the previous two seasons.
Redd said he's excited and nervous about the possibility of returning to the court.
"Just to have a game ball in my hand, and a game jersey on, my shoes on, just go through the national anthem," Redd said. "Just all the buildup. Once I get out there, I'm sure I'll be fine."
Bucks coach Scott Skiles says Redd is in excellent condition, but his timing is a little off after being out so long.
"He's able to play," Skiles said. "Whether he plays or not, that I don't know. We'll see how the game is going, just like any player that's been out that length of time. If we feel like he can go in the game and he can help us in a situation then we'll put him out there."
And even if Skiles does put Redd in the game Saturday, he won't be expecting much out of him right away.
"If we do play him, it won't be for very long anyway," Skiles said. "It'll definitely be single-digits in minutes. But we'll see."
Redd says he's willing to play whatever role Skiles wants him to in order to help the team make a push for the playoffs.
"I told [Skiles] it's about the team, my mentality -- if I play, if I don't play," Redd said. "All I care about is the team being successful."