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BUCKS BEAT: Butler looking to shed pounds

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New Milwaukee Buck Caron Butler, left, a Racine native, directs media to check out his new teammate Brandon Knight as they prepare for a portrait session on Monday, September 30, 2013 during the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team media day held at the Archbishop Cousins Center in St. Francis, Wis. Milwaukee Bucks players were made available to members of the media for interviews and photographs. / Scott Anderson scott.anderson@journaltimes.com buy this photo at JTReprints.com

Caron Butler hopes to shed a few pounds before the Milwaukee Bucks’ regular-season opener against the New York Knicks Oct. 30.

That could be tough.

Butler figures a reduction in weight will be beneficial for his body.

“Last year I played at 230,” Butler said. “So I’m looking to play at 220 this year.

“By losing that weight, I can be a little quicker and take less pounding and wear and tear on my body.”

However, Butler, whom the Bucks acquired from Phoenix Aug. 29, concedes dropping weight won’t be as easy now that he’s back in his old stomping grounds.

“I got a lot of home cooking now with my grandmother and my mom,” said Butler, a Racine native who attended Park High School. “So, I got to continue to pace myself with all that eating.”

GETTING SERIOUS: Now that Bucks coach Larry Drew has had some time to assess his roster and its 11 new players, he’s going to give each of his players defined roles.

“We’ve kind of had a feel-out process until now, but I’ll be meeting with each player and tell them what I expect from them, what their roles will be,” Drew said.

TRENDING UPWARD: With so many new faces, the Bucks are truly a work in progress.

Butler is encouraged by the direction the team is heading.

“I thought we came a long way from the Cleveland game to playing against Minnesota to the Charlotte game to now,” Butler said. “Now we got to finish games. That’s what preseason is for. We’re starting to develop that.

“We’re getting better and better every game. We can definitely see that.”

Butler also believes the Bucks, despite a massive makeover, can be competitive.

“As long as we play a good style, a good brand of basketball and play hard for 48 minutes, we’ll win games,” Butler said. “I’m not worried about that. I just want us to continue to play together for four quarters.”

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