No excuses now, Tim Thomas

The Bucks' season won't be a total disaster if Tim Thomas finally comes to the rescue.

Updated: October 9, 2003, 11:24 AM ET
By Chad Ford |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Milwaukee Bucks.

Best Case Scenario
Three things need to happen for the Bucks to win 35 games and come close to a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference this season.

Tim Thomas
It's now or never for Tim Thomas to live up to his six-year, $67 million deal.
1. Tim Thomas must awaken from his slumber. The excuses have gotten old. After years of playing second fiddle to Glenn Robinson, Tim Thomas got the chance to prove his worth out of the Big Dog's shadow last season. While he finished with his highest scoring output ever, it was barely a blip above what he was doing as a super sub. With Ray Allen and Sam Cassell also out of the picture, this is his team. If he doesn't step up, the Bucks will sink under the weight of his terrible contract.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer