It’s not just the kids taking the court in the Las Vegas Summer League for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Young veterans Khris Middleton, John Henson, Larry Sanders and Brandon Knight have been participating in individual workouts with the Bucks’ summer league squad and veteran Carlos Delfino is in Vegas working with Milwaukee training Scott Barthlama as he comes back from foot surgery.
A lot of the players are reportedly taking advantage of the chance to work out with coaches as well as to meet the new guy in charge, head coach Jason Kidd.
“I think it’s fun,” Knight told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of working with Kidd. “Just to have somebody who played the game and was really good at it.
“You have somebody who has seen a lot of different things, been through pretty much every situation you could be in. I think it will be a good experience for me, to be an extension of the coach and see the game how he sees it.”
Middleton and Knight, who came over from the Detroit Pistons in the sign-and-trade that sent Brandon Jennings to Motown, are playing for their second coach in as many years in Milwaukee after working under Larry Drew last year.
For Henson, it’s already his fourth coach in three seasons, as he played under both Scott Skiles and interim coach Jim Boylan as a rookie in 2012-13.
Henson looks stronger, weighing in with 16 more pounds since end of last season.
“I think that was a big thing for me going into the summer, putting on weight,” Henson said. “That’s just one step. Now it’s time to get better skill-wise on the court and try to improve myself on a daily basis.”
Middleton could be the odd man out in the starting lineup with the addition of first-round pick Jabari Parker and the development of last year’s first-rounder, Giannis Antetokounmpo. But he says it’s all about the chemistry.
“Getting a head start before the season is a great thing,” Middleton said. “Just seeing new faces, learning guys, finding out where they come from. Just welcoming them to the family.”