Wednesday, May 26, 2010
While the Milwaukee Bucks prepare for The Year of the Deer, their home court, the Bradley Center, will undergo maintenance and repair work. The State Building Commission has given the Bradley Center $5 million to improve suites, add seating, and replace safety rinks around the hockey rink.
When erected in 1988, the Bradley Center was a state-of-the-art facility. Now, it is one of the oldest arenas in the country. Now that the Milwaukee Bucks have had a winning season and have put themselves back on the map, should more improvements be made to the Bradley Center? A complete renovation? New scoreboard? New arena?! If major changes were made to the Bradley Center, should state money be used to fund these improvements? Wisconsin State Sen. Ted Kanavas doesn't seem to think so. He believes a long term plan should be put in place before state funds are allocated to the Bradley Center What do you think? Would a new arena cause an increase in the price of Bradley Center tickets?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
With the NBA draft coming up on June 24th and a pre-camp starting in Chicago at the end of the this week, the Milwaukee Bucks have wasted no time in bringing in players to their training facilities in St. Francis for pre-draft workouts. The Milwaukee Bucks held two training sessions on Monday for a total of twelve players. Among the prospective players was former Wisconsin Badgers guard Trevon Hughes. Hughes was one of six players whom the Milwaukee Bucks brought in for their first pre-draft workout session. The Milwaukee Bucks will continue to bring in players up until the draft. Speaking of the draft, the Milwaukee Bucks have the 15th, 37th, and 47th picks. After the draft, the Milwaukee Bucks will host a mini-camp in order to form a team for the summer league in Las Vegas. I can't wait to see what the Milwaukee Bucks 2010 draft will bring! Will the addition of new players be the formula for success in the 2010-2011 season, or the Year of the Deer?!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
After an impressive winning 2009-2010 season, Milwaukee Bucks fans are already looking forward to next season. Even though Andrew Bogut is already back in Australia and Carlos Delfino is gearing up to play for Argentina in the world championships, it is never too early to look to the Milwaukee Buck's 2010-2011 season. Building off of the success of this past season, I'm calling next Milwaukee Bucks season the Year of the Deer. I already have a good feeling about this one. Here are some things we, as Milwaukee Bucks fans, can look forward to during the 2010-2011 Milwaukee Bucks season:
1) Higher expectations. After completing the first winning season since the 2002-2003 season and making a great first round playoff run, Milwaukee Bucks fans are hungry for more! Nobody expected the Milwaukee Bucks to do anything this past season, but now that they've proved everyone wrong, fans will expect more.
2) The return of Andrew Bogut. We all know how important Andrew Bogut is to the Milwaukee Bucks and we all saw how well they played in his absence. Now we'll see what a healthy Andrew Bogut can do for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2010-2011 season.
3) Brandon Jennings. Milwaukee loves Brandon Jennings and Brandon Jennings loves Milwaukee. In a recent interview on ESPN, Jennings talked about how he hopes Scott Skiles will be his coach for his entire career. We hope so, too! Talk about a guy who works hard and plays hard. Jennings had an incredible rookie season and plays basketball at a high level.
4) A Tight-Knit Squad. The guys play well together and this year the Milwaukee Bucks formed excellent chemistry. Now that they've worked out some of their kinks, they can start next year where they left off at the end of this year.
Milwaukee Bucks fans have a lot to look forward to and I can't wait for the 2010-2011 Milwaukee Bucks season, the Year of the Deer!
Monday, May 3, 2010
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.