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Bucks practice 5-on-5 for first time since March

For the first time since the NBA shut down nearly four months ago, the Bucks played fullcourt on Monday in the Orlando Bubble.
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Posted at 9:14 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 22:14:33-04

ORLANDO (WTMJ-TV) -- We've seen inside glimpses of the NBA bubble in Orlando. Monday, it was back to real basketball for the Bucks. The team held their first 5-on-5 practice in four months.

"I thought it was good," Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. "You know, it was mostly about 5-on-5 today just playing. Kind of getting familiar with you know, just old fashioned 5-on-5. A little bit more like a pickup game. So I think that's what guys need the most and that's what we did the most."

Getting back to five-on-five workouts for the first time is fun, but the competitive Giannis Antetokounmpo gave an honest answer about his performance.

"I sucked," Giannis Antetokounmpo said with a laugh. "I was terrible. So, no, I was terrible. But, no, you know, day by day. Try to get in shape. Try to find my rhythm. It's obviously being in shape, and being in basketball shape is two different things. So, you know, I always take it day by day. Try to get better each day so, I know that I'm going to be ready when the scrimmage starts. And when the games start? I'm going to be ready."

Team bonding will continue with these Florida workouts.

"This group of people love being with each other," General Manager Jon Horst said. "They love playing cards. They love cracking jokes. And any of you that have been around them a lot? You know how close they are. And I think as an entire group? We're really desiring that. And so, you know I think, like, it will be interesting to see how quickly it comes back. Or if it's like riding a bike, it never goes away. I'm not really sure."