When the All-Star break began, the Milwaukee Bucks were on the cusp of a playoff berth. Since then, things have not gone as well as hoped.
In the four contests they've played, they've only once put up 100 points – on Sunday against Phoenix – and only won one of those four games, that same contest.
The Bucks have also faced the loss of forward Michael Beasley due to a hyperextended knee.
“It's difficult. You lose a guy like Jabari Parker who's averaging 20 points a game, have Michael Beasley come on the floor and help supplement that…and then we lose Michael,” said GM John Hammond on WTMJ's “Wisconsin's Afternoon News.'
“It's a pretty hard hit for the team, and sometimes it takes a game or two to regroup from something like that. Last night was one of those games.”
“We'll look to be proactive as we move forward and see if we can get some help along the way. We don't know if that's going to be doable, but if it is, we'll look at something like that,” said Hammond.
“Our guys will continue to work and do the very best they can, of course.”
The good news for his team: He believes his team is 100 percent committed to winning now as the team is committed to growing for the future – literally – with a new arena under construction, towering over the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
“What's happening there is really spectacular. People don't have any idea how nice it's really going to be. I think they're going to be amazed when they walk through that building,” added Hammond.
“You talk about wow factors. When people walk into that arena, they're going to have a wow moment, and it's going to continue on for years.”