(WNFL) - The Milwaukee Bucks will open their 45th N-B-A season tonight against the Knicks in New York. Starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova practiced fully yesterday, and he could play tonight after being out since October 8th with a sprained right ankle. The Bucks are counting on a youth movement to help the team win games, while winning the public support necessary for a new arena -- the fate of which could determine the Bucks' future in Milwaukee. This summer, general manager John Hammond brought in a new coach in Larry Drew and 11 new players. Some are seasoned veterans who can help the young prospects grow. 21-year-old Brandon Knight is Milwaukee's starting point guard, already a two-year N-B-A veteran with Detroit. Center Larry Sanders, who had a break-out season a year ago, was rewarded with a four-year contract extension. 22-year-old John Henson shows promising signs at forward. 18-year-old Greek native Giannis Antetokounmpo -- the Bucks' first-round draft choice -- created a buzz at small forward during the pre-season. The veterans include Racine native and two-time All-Star Caron Butler, shooting guard O-J Mayo from Memphis, and former Bucks Carlos Delfino, Luke Ridnour, and Zaza Pachulia. Sanders and Ilyasova are among just four holdovers from last season. You can hear the game right here tonight on 1440 WNFL.
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