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Painful season will end tonight for woeful Bucks

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The Milwaukee Bucks will close out a dismal season tonight (Wednesday) at Minnesota and some of the players have already packed their bags for far-away destinations.

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Rookie forward Yi Jianlian will head back to his native China to represent his team in the Summer Olympics in Beijing and Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak would like Yi to fit some conditioning into his schedule so he could get a little stronger.

Center Andrew Bogut is heading to Australia, where he'll represent his country in the Summer Games

Bucks' guard Michael Redd might be heading to China as well, but he'll have to wait until June 30 to find out. That's when the U.S. basketball team will announce a 12-man roster with three alternates.

Last summer, Redd backed up Kobe Bryant at an international tournament in Las Vegas and he helped the Americans secure an Olympic berth by shooting 45-percent from three-point range.

The Bucks are 26-55 with a seven-game losing streak, but since Minnesota is just 21-60 Milwaukee has a chance of ending their season on somewhat of a high note.

Low attendance

The Bucks drew their smallest home crowds in three years this past season.

Just over 639,000 tickets were sold for the 41 home games at the Bradley Center - down 3.6 percent from a year ago.

The average attendance was 15,595, the 22nd-highest among the 30 NBA teams.

But there were clearly lots of no-shows many nights and the Bucks resorted to selling $29 tickets for $10 in February and early March and as low as $5 for Monday night's finale, a loss to Chicago.

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