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Bucks’ Nikola Mirotic says it’s ‘a blessing’ to be part of a ‘special team’

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Nikola Mirotic won’t make his Milwaukee Bucks debut on Monday against his old team, the Chicago Bulls, but the stretch forward was still all smiles when he did a one-on-one interview with Bucks TV to talk about his fit with the team.

The Bucks acquired Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team trade involving the Detroit Pistons. Mirotic is still recovering from a right calf strain.

Monday is actually Mirotic’s birthday, so it would have been nice for him to be able to play in Chicago. However, the Bucks want to be cautious with him since they are expected to go on a long playoff run.

Mirotic says he’s so excited to play in Milwaukee and that it’s a blessing to be part of a “special team.”

In 32 games this season, Nikola Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line. The 28-year-old is going to stretch the floor so well for Milwaukee, which will create more driving lanes for superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and point guard Eric Bledsoe.

Milwaukee now has two big men who can bring their defenders out to the perimeter in Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic.