MILWAUKEE (AP) — O.J. Mayo's little brother is welcome to come over to the Bucks' guard's new digs whenever he likes, so long it doesn't interfere with the younger Mayo's responsibilities at Marquette.
Signing in Milwaukee this offseason came with familial duties, too, for O.J. Mayo.
However, he loves playing big brother. And having his sibling, Todd — a junior guard with the Golden Eagles — added a level of comfort for Mayo as he embarks on his first season with the Bucks following a year with the Mavericks. The season tips off Wednesday with a visit to New York Knicks.
"I can come here, pursue my dream and my job, and happen to be in the same town that (Todd) is in college. I think that's pretty much icing on the cake," said the sixth-year veteran said, who turns 26 next week.
Imagine how his mother feels.
"It meant a lot," the 22 year-old Todd Mayo said recently at Marquette media day. "Sometimes she was out in Dallas watching his game, and probably miss three or four of my games."
Now the Mayo boys will play home games on the same floor, at the Bradley Center. Marquette's campus is barely a five-minute drive from the arena.
Signed in the offseason to a three-year, $24 million deal, O.J. Mayo replaces Monta Ellis in the backcourt, part of a roster renovated in part to improve team chemistry.
Coach Larry Drew, who's also new to the Bucks, likes what he sees so far out of Mayo.
Receptive to criticism. A leader to younger teammates. Improvement each week of a monthlong training camp.
"Particularly with his conditioning. He became more of a presence once you started seeing him get his legs under him," Drew said Tuesday at the team's practice facility in suburban Milwaukee. "He's a lot better defender than what I pegged him out to be."
Known more for scoring. Mayo has averaged 15.2 points over his first five NBA seasons — just don't ask him if he considers himself a "go-to" guy. He doesn't like that label.
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