MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Rookie point guard Nate Wolters will make his second N-B-A start tonight, when the Milwaukee Bucks host Cleveland. The former South Dakota State star has averaged almost 32 minutes in his first three games as a pro. That was after starting point guard Brandon Knight went down with a hamstring injury in Milwaukee's season opener a week ago.
Backup point guard Luke Ridnour has not played this season with back pain and spasms. In the meantime, coach Larry Drew says Wolters continues to get a "baptism" as he suddenly adjusts to the N-B-A. Tonight, Wolters will match up with Cavaliers' All-Star Kyrie Irving, the league's Number-One overall draft pick in 2011.
Meanwhile, Bucks' center Larry Sanders is expected to play tonight, after he and his wife Brittany became the parents of a baby daughter on Monday. Former Milwaukee guard Michael Redd will announce his retirement today, and the Bucks will honor him at tonight's home game against Cleveland. Redd is scheduled to speak to the crowd between the first-and-second quarters.
He played 11 years in Milwaukee, and was the Bucks' last N-B-A All-Star in 2004. He also won a gold medal with Team U-S-A at the 2008 Olympics in China.
Redd is the Bucks' career leader in a number of offensive categories, as averaged 20 points, four rebounds, and almost two-and-a-half assists in 578 games as Milwaukee's shooting guard.
He holds the Bucks' single-game scoring mark of 57 points against Utah in 2006. Redd's career was cut short after he tore the same A-C-L knee ligament in back-to-back seasons.
He returned briefly with the Bucks, before playing is final season in Phoenix. Redd played in 51 games for the Suns, until he quit playing for good in mid-2012.