Beno Udrih has been preparing for the first day of training camp, hoping against hope it would arrive.
Now the Milwaukee Bucks guard is ecstatic that he finally will get a chance to play for his new team, beginning with the start of camp Dec. 9.
That's if NBA owners and players approve the tentative labor settlement reached early Saturday after a 15-hour negotiating session.
Udrih said in an interview Sunday that he would be voting yes on the deal and that concessions were made on both sides.
"At this time, this is the best deal we can get," Udrih said. "The economy is bad.
"We're doing what we love to do. I've been dreaming since I was 10 years old to be a basketball player. I'm real excited. I wish we could play tomorrow, or yesterday."
The 29-year-old Slovenian was acquired by the Bucks in a three-team trade with Charlotte and Sacramento on draft day in June. Udrih spent the past four seasons with the Kings and averaged 13.7 points and 4.9 assists for Sacramento last season.
But he already has taken a liking to Milwaukee after moving here with his new bride, Michelle, in September.
"I give credit to my wife," Udrih said. "She told me to come to Milwaukee and get settled in. We like it a lot.
"The weather is not like California, and we'll definitely have to dress a little warmer not to get sick."
New Bucks guard Udrih says he's happy to get to work
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Nov 28