HAND-CURATED POSTS FROM THE WISCONSIN BLOGOSPHERE (AND SOMETIMES POINTS BEYOND)
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.
“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.
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.
And we probably won’t see the public financing piece of this puzzle for several months, so stay tuned.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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?…