Milwaukee Bucks: Carlos Delfino Likely Gone For The Year

Lost in the sideshow that is the new version of “The Larry Sanders Show”—starring the Milwaukee Bucks’ erstwhile franchise player—was the news that forward Carlos Delfino will need more surgery on his injured right foot and will likely not play at all this season.

Carlos Delfino

Carlos Delfino is likely out for the season after a setback in his recovery from a fractured foot. (NBA.com photo)

Delfino posted Sunday on his personal website, in Spanish being that he’s from Argentina, that a fracture discovered in August was a setback in his recovery and that more surgery would be required.

Delfino originally hurt the foot during the playoffs while a member of the Houston Rockets and underwent surgery in May. Delfino signed a two-year, $6.5 million free agent deal with Milwaukee in July, with a non-guaranteed third year, to return to the Bucks, where he played from 2009-10 through 2011-12.

It was expected Delfino would add shooting off the bench for the Bucks, something that is needed because Milwaukee went from having too many first options (Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis) to not having one at all over the course of the summer.

Delfino averaged 10.6 points per game and shot 37.5 percent from 3-point range for the Rockets last season, numbers that are right in line with what he did in his three years with the Bucks, when he averaged … yeah … 10.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 30.4 minutes, shooting 36.6 percent from deep.

The hope was Delfino would return later in the season to provide depth at the 3 spot behind Caron Butler, who came in the J.J. Redick sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Clippers—with help from the Phoenix Suns—shortly after Delfino agreed to come back to Brew City.

It’s been that sort of a year on the injury front for the Bucks—the hits just keep on comin’.

The ‘Larry Did What???’ Beat

Larry Sanders has been entertaining—in that sort of “why am I watching this?” sort of way—this season. Not productive. No, not that. Just … entertaining.

After signing a four-year, $44 million extension that kicks in next season, Sanders started the season by doing all of the below:

  • Missing 12 of 16 shots in his first three games.
  • Complaining about a lack of crunch time minutes after missing 12 of 16 shots in his first three games.
  • Taking out his frustrations about his lack of crunch time minutes after missing 12 of 16 shots in his first three games by getting into an “incident” at a downtown Milwaukee night club, injuring his thumb.
  • Not being entirely truthful—claiming he hurt his thumb during a game against the Toronto Raptors—after taking out his frustrations about his lack of crunch time minutes after missing 12 of 16 shots in his first three games by getting into an “incident” at a downtown Milwaukee night club, injuring his thumb.
  • Eventually requiring surgery to repair the damage to his thumb that will require him to miss four to six weeks after not being entirely truthful—claiming he fell on his thumb during a game against the Toronto Raptors—after taking out his frustrations about his lack of crunch time minutes after missing 12 of 16 shots in his first three games by getting into an “incident” at a downtown Milwaukee night club, injuring his thumb.
Larry Sanders

Another week, more bizarre turns in the life and times of Larry Sanders. (NBA.com photo)

Can we just go ahead and pitch “Real Centers of Wisconsin” to Bravo now?

Then it was learned on Tuesday that Larry Sanders also hates puppies.

Seriously, people. Can’t. Make. This. Stuff. Up.

Sanders was cited in January for cruelty to animals for leaving two German shepherd puppies outside in the cold without shelter, food or water.

Shockingly, the Bucks said they would have no comment on the whole … dog … thing. Then general manager John Hammond shot himself in the face with a Tazer, just because (sources are sketchy on this … OK, I made it up).

Sanders’ mess couldn’t have come at a worse time for Hammond, whose moves as general manager have been questionable at times, laughable at others. He hitched his horse to Sanders for the long term and Sanders has so far repaid that faith in him by dropping gigantic turds all over the franchise.

But at least the Bucks followed all of this up by getting blown out by 23 in Miami Tuesday night.

So there’s that.

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Topics: Carlos Delfino, Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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  • Michael Dunlap

    Bummer for the Bucks and bummer for Delfino. I wish he could have stayed in Houston — he’d be a perfect fit for that team.

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