Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Milwaukee Bucks Fail to Make Playoffs

Despite a win over Toronto, the Milwaukee Bucks have failed to make the playoffs. For a moment there, it seemed as though the Milwaukee Bucks were going to make it into the playoffs. However, as is often the case with the Bucks, they could not seal the deal. Since the Milwaukee Bucks have failed to make the playoffs again, questions have been raised about the future of the franchise in Milwaukee, the fate of the Bradley Center, and leadership changes. Changes need to be made within the Bucks franchise, or I think we will see the Milwaukee Bucks leave Milwaukee. What do you think? Should Bucks GM John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles be sent packing? Should we just accept the fact that Milwaukee is not a basketball town or should we embrace our hometown team and give them a new arena? I'd hate to see the demise of the Milwaukee Bucks. I still think they have a lot of elements in place for success. There are a lot of talented players on the Bucks squad. This will be an important offseason for the team as the team will need to do some serious soul-searching.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Great Bradley Center Debate: Milwaukee Bucks Deserve a New Arena

It's that time of year again. The time of year when The Great Bradley Center Debate begins. This year's Bradley Center debate has been sparked by chatter in Seattle. They're shopping around for a new basketball team and think the Milwaukee Bucks might be a good fit for Seattle. While Herb Kohl vowed not to sell the team to an owner that would move the Bucks out of Milwaukee, that might not be an option if the Milwaukee Bucks do not get an updated facility. In short, if the Milwaukee Bucks don't get a better facility soon, there won't be professional basketball in Milwaukee anymore. It's time to talk seriously about getting the Milwaukee Bucks a better basketball arena. The Milwaukee Bucks deserve one.

Of course, many Milwaukeeans believe that Milwaukee should spend its money on other things besides a new basketball arena. However, think about all the revenue an updated facility could bring to the area. A new basketball arena for the Milwaukee Bucks would come with new restaurants and stores. In addition, the arena could house more club options and advertising opportunities which in turn brings money. In the past, there was talk about developing the neighborhood around the Bradley Center along with building a new arena and I still think that should idea enter into this discussion as well.

For some people, it's hard to think about spending money on a team that hasn't won a national championship since the 1970s. However, with the Milwaukee Bucks on the edge of making the Eastern Confernence playoffs, I think it's high time we start thinking about the future of the Bucks. A new facility would attract better players and give the current squad a boost of confidence, which would in turn contribute to better standings.

The bottom line is that if the Bradley Center is left as is, the Milwaukee Bucks will most likely head out of town. That will leave the Bradley Center without 41 games, meaning they would have to find new tenants to fill the void. Remember this year's NBA lockout? That left the Bradley Center in quite a quandary. Investing in a new basketball facility for the Milwaukee Bucks today will bring great economic returns for the Milwaukee of tomorrow.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Milwaukee Bucks Playoff Quest Comes Down to the New York Knicks

In the quest for the eighth playoffs spot in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks are just 1.5 games behind the New York Knicks. Tonight, the Bucks face the worst team in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats. After tonight, the Bucks have 3 more home games before taking to the road. The final home game in this homestand will be against the New York Knicks. Certainly, Wednesday's Bucks vs. Knicks game will be high stakes as both teams want to nab that eighth playoffs spot. The Bucks will also face the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder during this homestand. Between now and the Bucks vs. Knicks game at the Bradley Center, the New York Knicks will face the top ranked Chicago Bulls twice. I like to think the Bucks can win their next three home games. I'm not sure the Knicks can hold off the Bulls. Thus, the Bucks could enter Wednesday's game ahead of the Knicks, if they simply win! I think the Milwaukee Bucks can nab this playoffs spot.