“Chemistry doesn’t exist at all.”

“Chemistry doesn’t exist at all.”

It’s no secret that team chemistry will probably be the biggest factor that determines the Milwaukee Bucks’ level of success this season. This new-look team has already played nine games so far this season, which includes Friday’s 112-97 loss to the Orlando Magic.

At this point, it’s hard to deny that chemistry is still an issue for this team.

Bobby Portis talks about the Milwaukee Bucks’ lack of chemistry

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March 16, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis (9) warms up before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Penny Siu-USA TODAY Sports

Bucks veteran Bobby Portis, who finished Friday’s brutal loss to Orlando with 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals off the bench, spoke to the media after the game, which happened to be Milwaukee’s second straight defeat in three days. The 6-foot-10 man is at a loss for words to describe how far this team has come in terms of being on the same wavelength:

“I think, for the most part, our camaraderie and chemistry is just not there at all,” he said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “I think it’s kind of obvious on the court. I think it’ll take a minute. We don’t want it to take too long, but we’ll figure it out here soon, hopefully. We’re just trying to figure each other out.”

“New things that the coach wants that we try to implement and focus on and things like that, which are away from the way we are used to playing. We are trying to figure it out and trying to get there, trust what he wants and then do the things he asks of us.

November 3, 2023;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is greeted by guard Damian Lillard (0) after a free throw attempt in the fourth quarter at Fiserv Forum.  Mandatory Credit: Penny Siu-USA TODAY Sports
November 3, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is greeted by guard Damian Lillard (0) after a free throw attempt in the fourth quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Penny Siu-USA TODAY Sports

Portis calls it like it is — which is exactly what you’d expect from a no-nonsense vet. Right now, the Bucks are not where they want to be in terms of the relationship and connection they have within the team.

But Portis remained positive. He knows it will take time for this new-look team to get used to each other. It will be a tough road ahead, but for now, Bobby Buckets has faith in the process.

October 29, 2022;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill (3), forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), guard Jrue Holiday (21) and forward Bobby Portis (9) celebrate after scoring a goal late in the fourth quarter during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Fiserv Forum.  Mandatory Credit: Penny Siu-USA TODAY Sports (NBA News)
October 29, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill (3), forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), guard Jrue Holiday (21) and forward Bobby Portis (9) celebrate after scoring a goal late in the fourth quarter during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Penny Siu-USA TODAY Sports (NBA News)

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