In what may be his last game with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, Garrett Temple didn’t score, but that may not matter in terms of him sticking with them.
Temple, 24, remembered last year when he didn’t play as well as he thought and still stuck with an NBA team.
“Sometimes you play well and they just don’t need you,” Temple said. ” They just try to save money or sometimes you play as well as you think you could have, but they still want you.”
This season, Temple went from the Erie BayHawks to the Milwaukee Bucks and has signed two 10-day contracts. In nine games with the Bucks, Temple averaged just 1.8 points.
If Milwaukee wants to keep him, it must sign him for the remainder of the season.
Before Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, I talked with Temple about his time in Milwaukee, his experience with 10-day contracts and how the Erie BayHawks have fared without him.
How has your experience been with Milwaukee? “It’s been a great experience. Anytime you get a chance live your dream to be in the NBA, it’s always much appreciated. I just feel very blessed to have this opportunity. I got a lot of great veteran guys here that I’ve actually gotten close to. Keyon Dooling. Corey Maggette. Earl Boykins. They got a good mix of young guys and old guys. Brandon (Jennings). CDR (Chris Douglas-Roberts), Larry Sanders, (Andrew) Bogut, guys that I can really relate to. I like the group. I like the coaching staff. Wish we could get some more wins and hopefully turn this thing around.”
What’s your gut feeling what’s going to happen after your second 10-day contract ends Monday? “I really have no clue. I’ve been in this situation really two times. When I was at San Antonio (last season), I had a pretty good feeling. They were saying different stuff (The Spurs signed Temple for the rest of last season when he joined them late in the season), but the other two times, you don’t know. Sometimes you play well and they just don’t need you. They just try to save money or sometimes you play as well as you think you could have, but they still want you. I didn’t play at all in Sacramento, but they wanted me to sign a second 10-day. I didn’t play much in San Antonio, but they signed me for the rest of the year. With Houston, I played every game, played pretty well, but I didn’t stay so you really have no idea.”
How do you think you’ve played? “I think I’ve played pretty well. Defended well. Just haven’t shot as well as I’ve wanted too, but I’ve played pretty well all around. I’m just running the plays, running the right sets and do what all my coaches are asking of me and playing hard every night.”
I know you’ve been keeping up with the BayHawks. You surprised they’ve played so well with you? (Erie is 6-0 since Temple went to Milwaukee. The BayHawks have won their last eight games. In nine games with Erie, Temple averaged 14.4 points.). “I’m not surprised at all. I’ve been keeping up with them. I look at the stats every game and Ivan (Johnson) has been contributing. Blake (Ahearn) has been playing really well and my boy Tasmin (Mitchell) been playing like I knew he always could. Scoring the ball. At one point at the beginning of his senior year (in high school), he was the No. 1 player in the country coming out. He’s a very talented basketball player. He’s been efficient all year, but he’s a couple of more shots up and he’s really just playing real well.”