Maggette getting his bearings with new team
MILWAUKEE -- Former Warriors forward Corey Maggette is just now getting over the shock.
His first 11 seasons were in warm-weather states, 10 in California and one in Orlando. Now he's spending fall and winter in the Midwest.
Most of his career, he's been valued for his offensive abilities, including the past two seasons under offensive-minded head coach Don Nelson. Now, he's playing in a structured offense under a defensive stickler in coach Scott Skiles.
"It's different," said Maggette, who also has an infant daughter at home. "I'm still getting used to it."
The impact can be seen in his numbers. Saturday, he finished with two points on 1-for-6 shooting in 14-plus minutes. No free-throw attempts and no rebounds. Last season with the Warriors, he averaged 19.8 points on 51.6 percent shooting.
Maggette missed training camp and most of the exhibition season after offseason ankle surgery.
Skiles said Maggette is just starting to get his game legs and is moving better on the court. It has shown in his past two games. In wins over visiting New York and at Atlanta, before Saturday's game, Maggette totaled 34 points on 11-for-14 shooting.
Maggette was the fifth former Warrior on the five-game road trip. Former Warriors guard C.J. Watson is in Chicago. Three ex-Warriors are in New York: center Ronny Turiaf, forward Anthony Randolph and swingman Kelenna Azubuike.
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