With the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks from Herb Kohl to hedge fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry and the conclusion of this odious season last night (with another loss) we can focus on the future and what could be. Everybody said the usual things at yesterdays press conference about turning the team into a winner and bringing a championship to Milwaukee. It will, of course, be more difficult to win a title in Milwaukee than other places but unlike some I don't believe it will be impossible. Yes Milwaukee may be a backwater when compared to Miami, LA or New York but so once was Green Bay. The first step was finding deep-pocketed ownership that was willing to keep the team in Milwaukee. Mission accomplished. Next will be the discussion to replace the Bradley Center. The new owners and Kohl have said they will pony up $100 million each to go toward the new palace. That should move the project forward. I would imagine that the new owners will want to bring in their own management people to evaluate the roster and put the team together. John Hammond has his critics but he was working under a tough plan...don't tank and stay viable enough to contend for a playoff spot...do he would bring in veterans that didnt mesh in order to accomplish that for his owner...didnt work especially this year. The guy I feel for is Larry Drew. He lived through this nightmare season and now will probably be let go...never getting a chance to really put together a team of his liking. As far as the roster goes I think the Bucks have a decent nucleus to build from. Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton, John Henson and Giannis are all keepers. They will have to keep Sanders because he's really untradeable at this point. And Jeff Adrian and Nate Wolters could be decent bench players...plus they have the best chance to get the first pick in a deep draft.
It's been said that small market teams will never contend for championships in the NBA. The playoffs begin this weekend and two of the favorites are Indiana and Oklahoma City so it can be done...and yesterdays announcement was a first step.
We mentioned the WIAA meeting yesterday and the discussion over balancing the tournament fields by adding a multiplier to private school enrollment. The membership voted to send the proposal to committee for more study. It never came to a vote. It will eventually...but not yet.
The Brewers avoided the sweep and beat the Cardinals yesterday behind Wily Peralta. The team hits the road now starting in Pittsburgh tonight. BTw...here is the "HappY "video featuring Brewer players and employees along with some celebrity appearances...this is pretty good
I'm scheduled to bring you Wausau East baseball tonight. The Lumberjacks will play Nekoosa in Mauston at 7pm and I'll have the game, weather permitting on Foxsports Radio AM 1390 & FM 93.9. Mauston has a beautiful artificial turf facility which many statewide teams are using this spring because of bad field conditions elsewhere. East will also play Marshfield in a doubleheader in Mauston on Saturday morning at 1030 and I'll have those games as well.
Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)
Music-John Miles (1976) I could never figure out why this guy wasnt bigger in the US. He had some really good pop albums in the mid-late 70's
Must Be Love-James Gang (1974) after Joe Walsh left to go solo the James Gang soldiered on for awhile including this single which featured a young Tommy Bolin