4-4 on season

Via Final: Bucks 85, Thunder 78 @ JS Bucks Blog

He’ll find a fixer-upper in Shorewood

Jason Kidd, retired NBA star and head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, has listed his Hamptons home in Water Mill, N.Y., for $7.995 million.

Built in 2012, the roughly 7,800-square-foot, transitional-style mansion includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a large “man cave” area on the lower level that was recently filled with Kidd’s sports memorabilia, said listing agent Matthew Breitenbach of Corcoran Group Real Estate. “But that’s going with him,” he added.

Via Jason Kidd Lists Hamptons Home for $7.995 Million @ WSJ.

NYT Blasts Bucks

“The Bucks’ new owners, (Marc) Lasry and Wesley Edens, have in fact promised to work ‘in partnership’ with the city,” Powell writes. “They did not make clear if their notion extended to letting the public take a dip in an N.B.A. owner’s many revenue streams.”

Via NYT criticizes Bucks owners seeking tax dollars for new arena as school sites fester @ JS School Zone.

Beer’s just the first swig…

Last week we learned some of the price tags for all of this wishing. As expected, the public portion of a new arena would be $200 million or $15 million annually over 20 years. That assumes a 4.25% borrowing rate and level payments….

Via ‘I’d Be Happy to Pay Higher Taxes on Beer,’ Said No Wisconsinite Ever @  MacIver Institute.



Wright was not at the Bucks’ practice on Monday at the Cousins Center, but recent reports have linked Wright to Panathinaikos in Greece. Wright, 26, was on a non-guaranteed contract with the Bucks and seemed to be the odd man out to make the team’s 15-man roster.

Via Chris Wright accepts offer to play overseas @ JS Bucks Blog

Most ever

Via Fox Sports Wisconsin will carry 80 Bucks telecasts in the regular season @ JS SportsDay Blog.

Bucks into analysis

Via Analytics firm will work with Bucks @ JS Bucks Blog.

Season Ticket Holders Only Need Apply

Via Report: Bucks set to offer new discount ticket plan @ JS Bucks Blog.


The Milwaukee Bucks 2014-’15 schedule released on Wednesday includes two games on NBA TV: Dec. 29 at Charlotte and Jan. 15 against the New York Knicks in London.

Otherwise, the team that finished with a league-worst 15-67 record last season is not scheduled to be featured on national TV.

Via Bucks schedule for 2014-’15 released @ JS Bucks Blog.

Newspapers: even worse off than you thought

“They’re doing it to keep the good assets with one company and the secular declining assets with another,” said Craig Huber, independent media analyst at Huber Research Partners.

Via Investors praise Scripps, Journal Communications deal @ JSOnline.


Via SEC filing details minority investment in Bucks @ JS Bucks Blog


Marc Lasry and Wes Edens, the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, say they want the new arena to be downtown. Mayor Tom Barrett agrees, saying he wants it as close to W. Wisconsin Ave., as possible. And Rocky Marcoux, commissioner of the Department of City Development, has said an ideal location would be along W. Kilbourn Ave.,  in the vicinity of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and the Wisconsin Center.

Via Latest Milwaukee arena site? Let the speculation begin @ JS Business of Sports Blog.

The New Bucks

Via Grant Hill says Jason Kidd coaching Jabari Parker and the Bucks is ‘a great opportunity’ @  JS SportsDay Blog.


Via Parker signs four-year, $22.3 million rookie contract @ JS Bucks Blog.

Look West, New Owners

Via The new Sacramento Arena and what it means for Milwaukee @ JS Business of Sports Blog

Seeing the Bucks on a good path

Via Former Bucks coach George Karl: ‘Milwaukee has got a good momentum and direction’ @ JS SportsDay Blog

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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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