Monday, May 3, 2010
Despite Loss in First Round of Playoffs, Milwaukee Bucks End Season on a High Note
Although our 2010 Milwaukee Bucks will not bring home an NBA Championship at the end of this season, they have brought back something better to the city of Milwaukee; a restored love of basketball. Never in my life have I seen as many energetic and spirited Milwaukee Bucks fans as I did at the Bradley Center for Game Six against the Atlanta Hawks. From the court to the ceiling, fans were decked out in red, chanting "Fear the deer" and "Go Bucks Go" at the top of their lungs, and rallying behind the Milwaukee Bucks as they fought to hold on to the first round of the playoffs. It was as if the whole crowd was Squad Six. I couldn't help but think back to the first game of the season, when most of the upper deck in the Bradley Center sat empty, and the only cheering came from Andrew Bogut's Squad six.
Maybe the Milwaukee Bucks didn't win the first round of the playoffs, but they surpassed the basketball world's expectations. Nobody thought the Milwaukee Bucks would last past Christmas, but they pulled off a winning season for the first time since 2002-2003. Nobody thought the Milwaukee Bucks could make it to the playoffs, but they finished the regular season with a 6th seed, earning a playoff berth for the first time sine 2006. Once the Bucks made it to the playoffs, nobody thought they could make it without their star center Andrew Bogut, but once again, the Milwaukee Bucks held their own for seven games, pulling an upset on the road in Game Five.
The Milwaukee Bucks 2009-2010 season was a turning point for the franchise as the Milwaukee Bucks proved what can happen when you refuse to give up in the face of adversity. The Milwaukee Bucks truly lived up to their "work hard, play hard" motto, successfully rebuilding their fan base in the process. I can't wait to see what happens during the Milwaukee Bucks 2010-2011 season, and if our Bucks keep playing the way they did this season, I think we will be seeing them in the playoffs for many years to come.