The San Antonio Spurs former guard is getting up to speed with the Bucks
It wasn’t a shock but it was mildly surprising when the San Antonio Spurs and Bryn Forbes decided to part ways. The sharpshooting Forbes signed a two-year, $4.8 million dollar deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Forbes is a classic Spurs success story that anyone can get behind. He went from being an undrafted free agent to starting 143 games for San Antonio over the past two years by owning his role and outworking the competition. And now he’s bringing that same Spurs professionalism to Milwaukee.
Speaking to the media after a practice earlier this week, Forbes talked about the transition to a new team and the similarities that he sees between his new organization and the one he’s just left behind.
Plenty of similarities between the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks
One thing that Forbes was quick to point out was the similarities between the Bucks and Spurs.
“Similarities. Similarities really to San Antonio. You know, the winning culture they have here, I thought it would be an easy transition here, and I thought it would be a good fit, and it is.”
It should come as no surprise that there are strong comparisons between the Bucks and Spurs. Mike Budenholzer is one of the most successful apples to come off of the Gregg Popovich coaching tree.
It’s expected that Bud would use some of the tricks that Popovich used to rack up championships to try to get the Bucks to the top of the NBA. Forbes has taken notice. The fingerprints of Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are all over the Bucks organization, even down to the practices.
“Honestly, a lot of the same drills, a lot of the same concepts, so it has felt like home, really. They’re actually really similar. More similar than I thought it would be.”
Hopefully, these similarities will help Forbes acclimate quickly to his new team. After spending his entire career to this point in San Antonio, Bryn hardly has any time to acclimate to living in a new city and get to know his new teammates before the season starts.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of role Forbes has with Milwaukee this year. He had added some playmaking responsibilities to his resume while with the Spurs but I don’t think that’s what Budenholzer has in mind for him.
It’s much more likely that Forbes’s impact on the Bucks will come from his ability to knock down open threes after a kick out from Giannis. Thankfully that’s a niche he’s ready to own.
The San Antonio Spurs were the model success for much of the past twenty years. Let’s see if the Milwaukee Bucks can take some of their tactics and use them to similar success.