Mike in Milwaukee

In the 2014-15 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks put on a basketball clinic, finishing with 60 wins and the first seed in the Eastern Conference. This team was different, however, than most historically great teams, as no player on that roster averaged over 17 points per game. They had no specific first option, no superstar…

Blame Jason Kidd? The Bucks Report Card Says Yes

Going into the 2017-18 season, the Milwaukee Bucks, coached by Jason Kidd, placed a premium on continuity, bringing back players who accounted for 93% of their 2016-17 minutes, second only to the Portland Trail Blazers (96%). 12 games into the season both clubs find themselves at 7-6. For Milwaukee, a slightly above .500 start belies…

When Giannis Is The Answer, Who Cares What The Question Is

Bucks Free Agents: Tony Snell, Jason Terry, Michael Beasley 2016-17 Bucks Weaknesses: 30th: Shooting Guard Points. 29th: Total Rebounding, Backcourt Scoring, Non-Paint Points. 28th: Defensive Rebounding, Point Guard Points. 26th: Pace. 25th: Offensive Rebounding. 21st: Free Throws Made. 20th:  Free Throws Attempted, Points Scored. 2016-17 Bucks Strengths: 1st: Power Forward Scoring. 2nd: Frontcourt Scoring, Points in the Paint. 4th: Field Goal Percentage. 5th: Assists. 6th: 2-Point Percentage, Blocks. 8th: Bench Points, Small Forward Scoring. 9th: Opponent Points. 10th: 3-Point Percentage, Steals, 3-Point Defense. Largest…

When Will It Be The Bucks Turn?

Last spring, I remember watching Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Afterwards, I came away with two thoughts. One, there were a lot of cool aspects that were not fully developed. And two, after all the promotion that went into the movie for the past two years, it was no better than a typical action…

The Trouble in Milwaukee

Are the Milwaukee Bucks rebuilding?  General Manager John Hammond doesn’t think so.  In a recent interview, Hammond stated his belief that Milwaukee’s young group of players can develop into a contender.  One can understand the rationale for the question given that the Bucks sit third-to-last in the Eastern Conference at 22-32.  To make matters more…

Jason Kidd is Back

After a month absence from the sidelines as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, and ahead of schedule, Jason Kidd is returning to his job next week. Hip surgery caused Kidd to miss 15 games and in his absence, interim coach, Bucks assistant, Joe Prunty, kept the ship afloat. Prunty was 8-7 with wins…

Will A New Year Heal The Bucks Defense?

When the Milwaukee Bucks went 41-41 in the regular season, which was good for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, hopes were high, despite the defeat by the Chicago Bulls in the first round. The season had been a great success for a Bucks team that was the second youngest in the NBA;…

Jason Kidd’s Indefinite Leave of Absence

The collateral damage of a long playing career is felt in the body long after basketball is over. The pattern is predictable. Torture comes first. Unbearable pain that causes suffering, sleepless nights, painful days and useless medication is the follow-up. Finally the issue is forced. For Jason Kidd, best point guard of his generation or…

24-1, Milwaukee Bucks End The Warriors Streak

There won’t be an opportunity for the Golden State Warriors to tie the Lakers extraordinary streak of 33-0 on Christmas Day because the Milwaukee Bucks did what 19 other NBA teams couldn’t do in 2015-16. The Bucks beat the Warriors on Saturday night. And the NBA schedule beat the Warriors on Saturday night. No team…