Sharp-shooter Michael Redd returned to the Milwaukee Bucks and is expected to make his debut with the team in the next several days.
This is a story HBIQ has been following since June.
It is the end of a year-long process of grueling rehab and loneliness for Redd. One of the most explosive scorers in the NBA, he was robbed of his ability to play the game he loves when a knee injury in the first month of 2010 ended his season.
He worked hard to get himself back and is in position to try and help the only team he has ever played for get to the playoffs, where it is guaranteed that no one will want to face them.
Milwaukee has been destroyed by injuries this year, so their record in no way indicates what type of team they are. A relatively healthy Bucks team would have already qualified for the playoffs.
Brandon Jennings, Redd and Andrew Bogut give Milwuakee one of the most dangerous inside-outside combinations in the NBA. And they have Corey Maggette and several complementary co-stars.
The additional depth and scoring threat Redd represents will do wonders for the entire team. For the worst-shooting team in the NBA, seeing Redd do this had to be exciting.
Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova are expected back shortly as well, giving Scott Skiles everything he needs to get to the playoffs and make some noise once he's there.
The addition of Michael Redd makes Milwaukee capable of beating anybody, although that may not show this season due to the limited amount of time the team has played together.
But for next season and beyond, Milwaukee is as close to championship contention as almost anyone.
There is no reason why Milwaukee shouldn't do everything it can to re-sign Redd and let him retire a Buck.
By all accounts, he is an all-around great guy, a hard worker and represents everything the organization stands for.
Most importantly, he would make the Chicago Bulls and instant contender.
And unless Skiles and general manager John Hammond want to live their worst nightmare watching Redd hang banners with a division rival, they better put their thinking caps on and figure out a way to keep Redd in Milwaukee for the foreseeable future.
But all of that can wait for the summer. For now, Milwaukee has a playoff run to make.
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