Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bucks Split to Open (and melt) Season on the Road

The Bucks lost the season opener in Chicago but won in Oklahoma City to start the season at .500. The home opener is on Saturday night at the Bradley Center against the Raptors. The Skiles era is most certainly upon us Bucks fans.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Remembering the Preseason

Here's one thing the Bucks have going for them; preseason games don't count. In eight tries, the Bucks were only able to come up with one win and they had to drag the Golden State Warriors all the way to China to get it.

The organization starts the 2008/09 season with a new general manager, their 4th in the last decade and a new coach, their 6th in the same time frame. That's a lot of turnover at the top, even for the NBA.

The new guys say they are going to stress team defense. The old guys said the same thing, and we all know how that turned out. As an optimist I'm willing to give them a shot, but during the (remember, it's meaningless) preseason the Bucks were outscored by 114 points. In eight contests, that's an average of 14.25 points a game.

It remains to be seen if Skiles and Hammond are the guys who can really turn this team around, or if this is just another case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss".