Now that the Bucks, er the Grizzlies have been eliminated from the Playoffs, who will Milwaukee hoops fans will cheer for? The Bulls, who’s fans invade the Bradley Center twice a year and take over much like Derrick Rose took over against the Bucks in the 4th quarter this April? Or will they take their cheers to South Beach? What about Dirk Nowitzki and his Mavericks, even if he was technically never a Buck? Or is it time to believe in the young Thunder?
The biggest news swirling around the Bucks this past week was owner Herb Kohl’s announcement that he would not be running for re-election as US Senator. What does this mean for the Bucks? As a Senator, Kohl would’ve faced a lot of flak if he had pushed for a new arena for the team while in office. During his announcement, Kohl expressed his commitment to the Bucks and keeping them in Milwaukee alongside a new stadium. Assuring Bucks fans in the state, Kohl said at the press conference, “We will find a way as a community and as a state to build a modern complex. And that in generations to come, the Bucks will continue to be a part of the landscape in Milwaukee.” I have expressed my concerns regarding this issue in the past, so it was music to my ears when I heard Kohl utter those words. Charles Gardner at JSOnline, Dave Begel at OnMilwaukee, and our very own Josh Hilgendorf have more about the Kohl announcement and his owenership.
James Causey ran an Op-Ed on JSOnline regarding the new arena. Outside of the obvious problems with the arena, Causey also has the numbers of public funding for the major sports venues in the state. Turns out, the Bradley Center has garnered a meager $5 million dollars compared to $392 million for Miller Park and $295 Million for Lambeau Field. Kohl better use those numbers when he makes his pitch.
I’m not sure we’ll ever know what happened with Brandon Jennings in early February last season. Milwaukee’s premiere guard was cruising along through the first third of the lockout shortened 2011-12 season. Despite a road heavy early season schedule, Jennings was producing at a level far better than he had in his first two seasons. [...]
There was a trade in the NBA this weekend. You may have heard. The Oklahoma City Thunder made an expectation defying deal that will undoubtedly either end up a brilliant reminder of how smart you have to be to succeed in a small market or a sobering lesson on why small market teams can’t thrive in today’s [...]
“I want the team to be one of the top defensive teams. I’ve been to so many training camps and seen coaches focusing on offense, offense, offense. We came here and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ I wanted to hug coach (Scott Skiles). For the first time in seven years, the Milwaukee Bucks starting center isn’t Andrew [...]
From every indication, John Henson is ready to play defense in the NBA. For his sake, I hope that’s true. Because his capability to play defense this year could have quite an impact on his career. Henson is probably going to land on his feet no matter what. He was a very highly regarded high [...]