NBA's 65 in 65: Damon Jones
As a veteran point guard, Damon Jones is the vocal leader of the young Milwaukee Bucks. Over his 10-year NBA career, Jones has played for 10 different teams and has averaged 20.5 minutes, 2.7 assist, and 6.6 points per game.
Send your questions now and join Jones to chat on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET!
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Buzzmaster (8:13 AM)
Milwaukee Bucks' Damon Jones will be here at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday to chat about the NBA playoffs as a part of our 65 NBA chats in 65 days! Send in your questions.
John ( Milwaukee)
Damon, I've always been a big fan of yours and I was really happy to see you back with the Bucks this season. Down the road and assuming everyone is healthy, what type of ceiling does the current Bucks roster have?
Damon Jones (1:03 PM)
The Bucks' roster has a good, bright future, especially with Scott Skiles on board and the foundation he's set this season. With a healthy roster this year, we would have made the playoffs. In the game of basketball things happen, but I look forward for good things to come.
Bill (Green Bay)
If you hadn't had all the injuries, where do you think you would have finished in the East?
Damon Jones (1:04 PM)
I think we could have finished anywhere from six on down if we had a healthy roster. We were playing better as the year went on, and we were getting healthy. I think we could have finished anywhere from six on to eight.
You have played with and against Paul Pierce. With Garnett injured, what do you think he needs to do for the Celtics to repeat at Champion?
Damon Jones (1:05 PM)
I think everyone has to put it upon themselves to do more. With Kevin out, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense. And with the easy baskets he can get for your basketball team, you have to hit the mid-range jumpers. A lot of guys have to step up. You have to get the production from the guys who weren't asked to do as much last season.
Tim (Deerfield, MA)
I loved you when you were a Celtic! What is the biggest three-point shot you think you've hit in your career?
Damon Jones (1:07 PM)
I think the biggest one I made was with Cleveland in the playoffs against Washington. I hit the 3 to win the game and win the series. It was in the playoffs in the big stage. So I'd have to say that was the biggest one.
Damon, Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Damon Jones (1:07 PM)
No, I don't have pre-game rituals. I just get myself prepared to just go out and play hard. There's nothing I do, really, to get me in the proper mindset. I just know what I have to do and try to go out and do it.
Who's your top 5 NBA players of all-time?
Damon Jones (1:10 PM)
I've played with so many great players in my era, it's hard to go back and name some of the all-time greats. Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaq, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, just to name a few. LrBron James, D-Wade. I have to put those guys in there.
Justin Behling (Boyceville, WI)
Where do you think Michael Redd ranks among the NBA's best?
Damon Jones (1:11 PM)
He's definitely up there. I think what describes an elite player is being successful. But as far as individually, he's one of the elite. He's definitely top 20.
Hey Damon, who do you see winning the finals this year?
Damon Jones (1:12 PM)
I can't give a clear-cut favorite right now because the playoffs just started. I would've said Boston would have made it to the Eastern Conference finals, but they just lost the first game. We have to wait to see how the first round plays out.
Jordan (Slinger, WI)
Do you believe you will finish your career as a Buck?
Damon Jones (1:14 PM)
I'm a free agent right now. I don't know what's going to happen right now. I know I have a lot of basketball to play. We just have to see what happens. I look forward to being a part of a team next year. Mentally, I'm ready to join a team. Physically, I'm going to start my regime for next season to be in tip-top shape and help a team out.
Hey Damon, Who do you think in your opinion is M.V.P. this year?
Damon Jones (1:16 PM)
I have to go LeBron James, because of what he's done with his team. But I think Dwyane Wade is a close second. So it can go either way, because of the impact Wade was able to have on his team. He was able to lift his team into the playoffs, and the matchup with Atlanta can go either way. Not only from afar but also being on his team, I can see what he can do in a series. LeBron is my favorite to win MVP, but Dwayne Wade is right behind him.
Was playing with Lebron James Fun?
Damon Jones (1:18 PM)
It was a great experience. I've been fortunate enough to play with a lot of great players. Shaq, Dwyane Wade, Chris Webber. It was an ultimate experience to play with LeBron. We had a lot of great times, and made it to the NBA Finals. Those experiences help you grow as a player and a person. I don't think you can take those times for granted. I appreciate those times. It was always a great time, because we went through a process together. When I got to Cleveland, they weren't winning too much. We got to set the bar for what's going on right now. It was a great time and I appreciate every minute of it.
Buzzmaster (1:18 PM)
Kevin (Canton, Oh)
Long time fan! What is a realistic goal for a bench player in a playoff game with a shrinking rotation? How do stay prepared to contribute on short notice?
Damon Jones (1:22 PM)
I think mindset-wise, you have to look at it from a perspective that you're going to get a significant amount of minutes. You just have to come in and be positive, which can mean a lot of different things. It could be making baskets, and keeping the energy up. But you also have to not make mistakes. That's a big part of it. You just have to go out with the mindset that you're going to be successful with the minutes that you have.