Thursday, April 26, 2007

Like Son Like Father

As the Bucks 2006/07 season on the court ends, the "off the court" season begins. Of course I'm referring to the NBA Off-Season. The season of rumor and speculation for the teams that are done playing by mid-April; who will get fired or hired, picked up or dropped, drafted or passed on, arrested or, well, just arrested I guess. For a team that has just wrapped up a season as painful as the one we've just lived through with the Bucks, this time of year can be a helluva lot of fun.

This week we saw Herb Kohl and Larry Harris exchanging their undying support for one another. That isn't really a surprise. It hardly even qualifies as interesting. Larry also talked about how the core of the team is in place and, when they're all healthy he'll just need to add some complimentary role players. He also wants to fill up the dance cards of a few key players that are getting dressed for the free agency ball. These comments are all par for the course.

The first rumor of the off-season that makes the average red-blooded Bucks fans head tilt has to do with the potential hiring of Del Harris. Yes, that Del Harris. The same Del Harris who's a former Milwaukee Bucks assistant and head coach, including a stint as head coach during Larry Krystkowiak's playing days. The same Del Harris who's son is the current Bucks general manager. The same Del Harris who's been an assistant under former Bucks coach Don Nelson for the last seven years. If this actually happens, we might have a hit sit-com on our hands.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

80 Down... One to Go

After eighty games, the 2006/07 version of the Milwaukee Bucks have no shot of making it to the illustrious 30-win mark. It's been well documented here and elsewhere how hard this season has been on the organization and fans alike. The final game on Wednesday in Cleveland will mercifully bring the season to a close. Then we will do what, as loyal Bucks fans, we've become experts at. Not quite the experts that Chicago Cubs fans have become. Similar to what the Timberwolves fans (of which I am one) will also be doing after Wednesday's final game. We'll optimistically set our gaze towards next season.

Every answer the Bucks have will beg more questions over the next six months. As I sit in downtown Milwaukee and write this, the NBA Draft is 72 days away. The Bucks are in line for another top-five draft pick. There are some interesting players slated to come out. Some are NBA ready. Some are projects. There are free agents that will be kept and a few that will be let go. (Don't worry Gadzuric, they've got Dairy Queens everywhere) There are potential major and minor changes to the Bradley Center looming on the horizon. Questions also continue to bubble beneath the surface about the Senators tenure as owner coming to an end.

There's a dice shot that Krystkowiak and the new uniforms will be around next season. Beyond that...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Meet Me on the Bottom

There are only five games left for the Milwaukee Bucks in their 2006/07 race to the bottom. Here's how the low end of the NBA stacks up in it's final week;

Memphis: 19-59
Boston: 23-53
MILWAUKEE: 26-51
Atlanta: 28-49

Five teams have 31 wins.

Should be an exciting run to the finish line.