Friday, February 17, 2012

What's Wrong With the Milwaukee Bucks?

After the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the last-place New Orleans Hornets, I can't help but ask the question, "What's wrong with the Milwaukee Bucks?" The Bucks started off the season with such promise, having defeated the Miami Heat in Miami and once again at the Bradley Center. Then Andrew Bogut suffered another serious injury and it seems as though the air has been sucked out of the Bucks. Brandon Jennings himself said after Wednesday's game that his performance lacked energy. The Milwaukee Bucks have strong players in Jennings, Leuer, Ilyasova, and Gooden, but as was the case last year, it feels as though the team lacks cohesion and unwavering passion. As usual, there's talk of the Bucks needing a new arena, but nobody wants to fund such a project with the Bucks' record. If that's not enough, the Milwaukee Bucks are a small market team and don't draw the crowds that bigger markets draw, making Milwaukee not the most desirable place for NBA players to play.

I think the Milwaukee Bucks should forget about all of that drama and focus on playing as a cohesive unit. Play with passion and play every game with a high level of energy. When Brandon Jennings is on fire, he's unstoppable. The Milwaukee Bucks should give fans a reason to drop everything and run to the Bradley Center for a Milwaukee Bucks game. Playing with passion and intensity will bring fans to the Bradley Center to cheer on the Milwaukee Bucks. We saw a glimpse of this during the Bucks playoffs several years ago, but they've been unable to duplicate that excitement.

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