Wednesday night, Adam Silver announced that a new slate of owners had been approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors earlier that day. On Thursday, the Bucks released a statement revealing the names of some of the people who had joined forces with majority co-owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.
The new participants in the ownership group include familiar faces from the greater Milwaukee business community such as Ted Kellner of Fiduciary Management, Jim Kacmarcik of Kapco, Craig Karmazin of Good Karma Brands, Michael Kocourek of Mid Oaks Investments, Keith Mardak of Hal Leonard Corporation, Teddy Werner of the Milwaukee Brewers as well as several other prominent business leaders with close ties to the Milwaukee area.
In the same press conference, after noting that Aaron Rodgers was not discussed as an owner at the BOG Meeting (and, as it turns out, he isn’t one of the new investors), Silver noted that Edens had presented his progress toward finding a site for a new arena to the Board.
I know that Wes Edens and his partner Marc Lasry are very focused on local ownership. Of course they are both from New York, plan on spending a significant amount of time in Milwaukee, but recognized the benefit of local ownership, frankly celebrities and non‑celebrities, so there was a general sense from the board that they were doing the right things.
Again, Wes talked about the progress of his discussions towards a new arena, particular sites he’s looking at, but I think the sense was he was very up beat about the prospects of getting a new arena done, and he shared his optimism and enthusiasm with the other owners.
After having a 25% chance at the #1 overall pick in the 2014 Draft, and after having a nearly 50% chance at the top-2 pick they ended up getting, the Bucks may not have such plump odds for the 2015 Draft, even if they have another tanktastic season. The NBA is considering a revision of its lottery structure.
The league’s proposal gives at least the four worst teams the same chance at winning the no. 1 pick: approximately an identical 11 percent shot for each club. The odds decline slowly from there, with the team in the next spot holding a 10 percent chance. The lottery team with the best record will have a 2 percent chance of leaping to the no. 1 pick, up from the the minuscule 0.5 percent chance it has under the current system.
The proposal also calls for the drawing of the first six picks via the Ping-Pong ball lottery, sources say. The current lottery system actually involves the drawing of only the top three selections. The rest of the lottery goes in order of record, from worst to best, after the top-three drawing is over.
What isn’t entirely clear in the process is how far such talks have progressed, or when such a proposal may come up for a ratifying vote, though Zach Lowe’s piece does mention a number of times that the change could come as early as next season.
Here’s a link to an interview that Kevin Arnovitz did with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Perhaps the best part is Giannis talking about how Carmelo Anthony didn’t care whether or not he hurt Giannis’ feelings, and that Carmelo begged Larry Drew mid-game to get Giannis off the bench and “put the little guy in.”
Scott Rafferty (who is on Twitter as @crabdribbles) has a tremendous collection of Vines from Vegas, many of which are devoted to the ridiculous plays Giannis has made there. Like this one:
Here’s another in-game interview with Jason Kidd. He gets asked a number of questions about the key players on his roster, and he and Grant Hill joke about sharing the Rookie of the Year award a long, long time ago. The most telling parts, in my opinion, were: 1) his awe-like guffaw when talking about Brandon Knight‘s work ethic, and 2) how he closed out the interview: “Players will tell you what they’re comfortable doing, and Giannis is comfortable will the ball in the open court.”
I like that he’s listening to his players.
I can’t justify this link, except to say that it’s borderline hypnotic, so that’s my excuse. See also his impassioned tweet from last night.