Bucks’ Middleton likely to miss beginning of the season

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton probably won’t be available for the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist this summer.

”Hopefully soon after that.” the three-time All-Star said Sunday at the Bucks’ Media Day event.

Middleton said he played through the wrist injury late last season before undergoing surgery. He was wearing a cast for much of the offseason before having it removed two weeks ago.

”Sometime around after the All-Star break, I just felt it during one game and it kind of just never went away,” Middleton said. ”It wasn’t too painful, just something that was going to have to be fixed at some point.”

The injury isn’t related to the issue that ended Middleton’s 2021-22 playoff run early.

Middleton sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Game 2 of the Bucks’ first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls and didn’t play again, missing the entire Eastern Conference semifinal that Milwaukee lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics.

The loss to Boston ended Milwaukee’s bid for a second straight title and has provided plenty of motivation as the Bucks prepare for the upcoming season.

When he was asked Sunday about his reaction to people calling him the best player in the world, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo said that title should go to Stephen Curry, who led the Golden State Warriors to the most recent championship.

”Do I believe I’m the best player in the world? No,” Antetokounmpo said. ”I think the best player in the world is the person that is the last one standing, the person that takes his team to the final, to the finish line and helps them win games and become champion.”

The Bucks return with virtually the same roster they had last year. That roster doesn’t currently include restricted free agent Jordan Nwora, but general manager Jon Horst said Sunday that ”Jordan’s going to be with us” while adding that the Bucks are still working out final details with the 2020 second-round draft pick from Louisville.

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