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BUCKS BEAT: Garrett has special place in heart for Bucks

BUCKS BEAT: Garrett has special place in heart for Bucks

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It just won't be another workout, or another day for Diante Garrett.

No, when Garrett works out for the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday at the Cousins Center in St. Francis, it'll be special.

That's because Garrett, a former standout point guard for Iowa State, has special feelings for the Bucks.

"I've always been a big Bucks fan,'' Garrett said. "I was really a big fan of the Big Three: Sam Cassell, Ray Allen and big Glenn Robinson.

"I always watched those guys and went to some of their games.''

Garrett's feelings toward the Bucks are essentially twofold: He grew up in Milwaukee and attended Vincent High School, and his father, Dick, spent part of the 1973-'74 season as a reserve guard for the Bucks.

Of course, Diante wouldn't mind being a backup for the Bucks next season. While he is generally regarded as a marginal second-round pick, Garrett has got the attention of some teams with recent quality workouts.

The 6-foot-4 Garrett, who averaged a team-leading 17.3 points along with a team-high 195 assists in 32 games for the Cyclones last season, has auditioned for three teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland.

Garrett said he received favorable feedback from officials in each organization.

"The workouts have been really good,'' said Garrett, who doesn't play his dad in one-on-one games anymore but still takes him on in H-O-R-S-E. "It's been a really good experience.''

- The vast majority of players the Bucks are working out before the June 23 draft have compiled impressive college resumes.

That's certainly true with Paul Carter, whom the Bucks will work out on Friday. Carter averaged 14.7 points, eight rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots in 31 games last season for the University of Illinois-Chicago in the Horizon League.

But Carter is an even more impressive person than he is a player.

After playing three seasons at the University of Minnesota, Carter transferred to Illinois-Chicago to help his teenage sister Bria, who was stricken with cancer and had her leg amputated.

- Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson's name is being bandied about for a similar position with the New Orleans Hornets.

- Could the Bucks make a pitch for Minnesota point guard Jonny Flynn?

Before the 2009 NBA draft, Bucks officials were enamored with Flynn and were chagrined when he was taken by the Timberwolves with the sixth overall pick.

The Bucks then chose Brandon Jennings with the 10th selection.

With Minnesota now having a glut of point guards, including ex-Buck Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio, look for Flynn to be on his way out.

- Best rumor of day: Some how, some way, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince will end up with the Clippers next season.

- The Bucks have shown some interest in Butler point guard Shelvin Mack. But since the Bucks have a relatively-high pick - No. 10 overall - and Mack is projected to be a late first-round pick, Mack has declined an invitation to work out for the Bucks.



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