Public funding for a new Bucks arena

And we probably won’t see the public financing piece of this puzzle for several months, so stay tuned.

Via A Wisconsin jock tax for Bucks arena? @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse.

Thanks for the memories

“I would like to thank Senator Herb Kohl and John Hammond for giving me the opportunity to coach the Milwaukee Bucks this past season. Although my tenure was brief, it will forever be memorable.

“Thank you to all of the great Bucks fans for your love and support, you truly are some of the best fans in the NBA.

Via Larry Drew thanks Bucks fans in statement @ JS Bucks Blog.

Perfunctory

Coming away from the 18-minute, 15-question news conference Tuesday to introduce new Bucks coach Jason Kidd to the city, you were reminded of that popular bit John Belushi used to do on “Saturday Night Live.”

Belushi played Pete, the owner at the Olympia Cafe, who was not going to serve anything other than a cheeseburger to every customer.

“Cheeseburger,” was his answer to every request by the customer for something on the menu….

All right, so it wasn’t quite as bad as that.

But transparent, it was not. Forthcoming, it was not. Joyful or celebratory or convivial – not, not, not.

Via Jason Kidd’s introductory press conference was brief, businesslike and bereft of much emotion @ JS SportsDay Blog.

Bucks get Kidd as head coach, sack Larry Drew

The 41-year-old Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks reached tentative agreement Monday on a three-year contract worth between $12 million and $15 million, according to a team source.

Kidd will be introduced officially as the 14th head coach in franchise history later this week.

Via Bucks get Jason Kidd as head coach from Nets @ JSOnline.

Kidd

Jason Kidd could become the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday if the team can reach an agreement on compensation with his current team, the Brooklyn Nets.

But at the moment that’s a big if.

A league source told the Journal Sentinel that the 10-time NBA all-star has been offered the Bucks coaching position only, not a basketball front-office job as first speculated.

Via Jason Kidd could be Bucks coach if deal is reached with Nets @ JSonline.

Plaudits

Via Around the Web: What they’re saying about the Bucks’ draft picks @ JS Bucks Blog.

Reaction

Via Twitter reacts to the Bucks’ selection of Jabari Parker @ JSOnline.

Predictions of the Draft

Via 2014 NBA Mock Draft Central @ JS Bucks Blog

“There will have to be some kind of public support”

Via Bucks’ owners to review arena proposals @ JS Business of Sports Blog.

Change

Via Bucks’ top executive Ron Walter stepping down @ JS Bucks Blog.

Claiming high demand

Via Bucks: Strong interest from local investors @ JS Business of Sports Blog

Why not give fans ownership of the Bucks?

Via Home Team @ GarveyBlog.

Residents oppose handout for Bucks

Via Poll shows nearly two-thirds against state support for arena @ JS Business of Sports Blog

200 million down, another 300 to go

Via Kellner remains confident a new arena will be built @ JS Business of Sports Blog.

Former Microsoft exec wanted to take team to Seattle

Via ESPN report: Ballmer tried to buy Bucks but Kohl said no @ JS Bucks Blog

Travelin’

Via Bucks will play Knicks in regular-season game in London @ JS Bucks Blog.

Bucks look for taxpayer bucks

Herb Kohl pledged $100 million toward a new arena and the new owners also pledged $100 million, but it is expected that a new arena will require at least another $200 million. The issue will be: Can we afford to lose the Bucks? Well, why not? Imagine setting aside $200 million for schools, art, music, transit.

Why should Milwaukee give $200 million to the new owners? Will that help them win? Does winning even matter to them?…

Via Alms for the rich @ GarveyBlog

2nd

Via Bucks get No. 2 pick in NBA draft lottery @ JS Bucks Blog.

A limited fan base

Via Are the Bucks a regional team? @ JS Business of Sports Blog

Fast break

Via Bucks sale ‘is moving quickly,’ source says @ JS Bucks Blog :

Backing Silver

Via Bucks new owners Edens and Lasry support Silver’s actions @ JS Bucks Blog.

Bucks come with a buy-back provision

Via NBA Arena construction key to owner deal @ ESPN.

At least the draft is looking good

Via Bucks draft haul: Most lottery chances and 3 second-round picks @ JS Bucks Blog.

Half-billion bargain

Via Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban: $550 million for the Bucks is a bargain @ JS Bucks Blog

Connections

Marc Lasry, the prospective co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks with business associate Wesley Edens, was once considered for ambassador of France, but turned down the post.

Why that diplomatic post never happened is a question that was raised last year. A story in Business Insider states the New York Post claimed Lasry had to give up the position because of his ties to a Russian Mafia gambling ring. That ring was busted a year ago.

Via Prospective Bucks’ owner Lasry was allegedly tied to gambling ring @ JS Business of Sports Blog.

$550,000,000

ESPN is reporting that Bucks owner Herb Kohl plans to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for a price of $550 million.

Via Report: Kohl to announce sale of Bucks @ JS Bucks Blog.

There’s someone for everyone

Via Bucks sale talk still bubbling @ JS Bucks Blog.

Bucks beg for investors

‘There is an active, ongoing process’

Via Bucks’ broker: ‘There is an active, ongoing process’ @ JS Bucks Blog.

Predictably, even the Bucks’ front office ranks poorly

Via Bucks polling poorly in ESPN front-office rankings @ JS Bucks Blog.

Basement

Via Bucks 6 games from setting worst-attendance mark at Bradley Center @ JS Bucks Blog.

Interest in the Bucks

So they say:

“It’ safe to say that anybody with the means and interest in the NBA has inquired. A lot of phone calls from around the country,” the source said.

Via Robust interest in Bucks from investors, NBA source says @ JS Business of Sports Blog.

Bango to Retire

Vanderkolk, who could not be reached for comment, will finish out this season. The Bucks are expected to begin a search to find a new Bango and have posted a job description for “Bango” on the league’s jobs site.

Via Kevin Vanderkolk, aka Bango, is retiring @ JS Bucks Blog.