We’re almost to the all-star break and have the trade deadline looming in the 2015-16 NBA season, so when your team has the third worst record in the conference it’s about time to look to the future. Since the Bucks are a good candidate for a bigger move before the trade deadline (and really no team is the same year to year), we won’t make any assumptions about the specifics of the future roster and will try and do this in terms of what should possibly be done now vs after the season and beyond. After the trade deadline passes, we’ll do a recap and make adjustments based on any moves that go down.
Jason Kidd returned to the Bucks bench tonight, putting to rest (for now)
negligent speculation by dicks like Woj rumors that the hip surgery was a convenient way to get out of job that seemed to be going south. Prunty did an admirable job by at least not allowing a poor-performing team to get noticeably worse, and there were even a few sparks along the way that offered hope the Bucks were improving. But now that his interim tenure is done, let’s take a look at how the team performed with each coach so far this year.
When I decided to attend the Bucks game against the visiting Lakers Wednesday night it wasn’t because I’m a die-hard NBA or Bucks fan.Â It wasn’t because I thought the Bucks could win (local Bucks talkshow host Steve Pfeiffer of WSSP said he’d be happy with a 12 or less point loss).Â Really the only reason I went was because I had never seen Kobe Bryant play in person.Â He is one of the last superstars from the days when I was a die-hard NBA fan that I had not seen.Â So I expected to see Kobe play well (39-7-4).Â I expected to see the Lakers big guys look way too strong for the Bucks.Â I also expected to see more Brandon Jennings (~ 5min in the 4th and 0 min in OT).
Former Pistons VP John Hammond is officially the new Milwaukee Bucks GM.Â It’s a pretty surprising move really, as it almost seems a sign that Herb Kohl is attempting to take the team seriously again.Â It’s been noted in the past that Hammond has really been the guy calling the shots in Detroit over the years (Dumars has the final say, but Hammond creates the game plan).Â That said, Hammond created the kind of team that I’ve always wanted Milwaukee to be, and not just the kind that wins.Â The Pistons have been all about teamwork, defense, toughness and attitude.Â
According to ESPN.com’s attendance report, the bucks are toward the bottom of the league, with about 83% attendance on average.Â No surprise really, as the closest they’ve come to winning in recent memory is an overhyped trip to the Eastern Finals, which happened 4 coaches and 2 GMs ago.Â Is it any shock that fans aren’t willing to drop a lot of money on a team that always finishes under .500, tanks the end of each season, can’t keep a coach, signs players like Dan Gadzuric to monster contracts, and has 3 lottery picks that are bigger stars overseas than in the NBA?Â Let’s face it, the team is pathetic.Â Hats off to Kohl for wanting to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee, but is it really worth it?Â At some point it will come down to a new arena being essential.Â When that happens, the Bucks are going to look to Milwaukee, who is still trying to pay off Miller Park, to front the cash.Â We will likely end up with the same mess the Seattle fans are in.Â A struggling team that can’t turn a profit being forced to leave town because the city won’t suffer financially over a bad investment.Â I say treat them like any other local business… if they aren’t worth spending money on, it’s time to close shop.