Grizzlies/Bucks review, Tobias Harris likely a starter, arena momentum gaining

The Bucks will be eager to put their loss to Memphis behind them when they take on the Wizards in the annual MACC Fund game tonight.

Bucks/Grizzlies follow-up
There was no TV for this one and no NBA.com video recap either, so we'll have to make do with what we have...or we can just forget about it and look forward to tonight's annual MACC Fund game. We'll have a preview up later this afternoon, but in the meantime check out Howie Magner's story at Milwaukee Mag on why it's much more than just a game. And check out Brandon Jennings giving you the Bucks' new marketing pitch above.

JS | Harris wants starting job
We've yet to see Tobias Harris really go off this preseason, but it doesn't look like he'll need to in order to win the starting small forward job. With Luc Mbah a Moute hurt and Mike Dunleavy preferred off the bench, it's likely Harris is your opening night starter by default, but that doesn't mean he hasn't shown the coaching staff good things over the past three weeks. Charles Gardner reports:

"He's been pretty good," Skiles said. "The things he's working on, he knows. Trying not to lose his man off the ball, trying to fully understand all our schemes and where he's supposed to be.

"Offensively, he's working on his ball handling and his passing. He can score the ball and he's got strength and size. There's an awful lot there to be positive about.

Hollinger: Bucks season preview
John Hollinger makes a good case for why the Bucks might only win 38 with this comprehensive analysis. But wait, did he actually suggest that trading Drew Gooden could fetch the Bucks "a starting 2 that can shoot and defend"?

JS | NBA pleased with Bucks' Bradley Center moves
Good read here from Don Walker. Unfortunately for the Bucks, NBA arenas don't get built overnight--in fact, the Herculean task of physically building it is the easy part. The hardest part for the Bucks might be right now--staying afloat with the less-than-ideal situation that they're in while putting together the local support needed to make a public case for an arena. Considering where they were about a year ago, the progress of late has been very real: local companies piling on $18 million in sponsorships, a $5 million state grant for BC upkeep and a rumored six-year lease on the way to keep the Bucks locked into the BC for most of the decade.

That last bit should act as both a carrot and stick: to warn off outside suitors interested in shipping the Bucks off to another state (one year leases aren't terribly reassuring on that front), while also giving the Bucks, the city of Milwaukee and the state a very clear window within which they need to figure out a long-term solution.

Bucks.com | Name Ersan's Fan Zone
Squad Six lives!

Having recently acquired $32 million worth of job security, Ersan Ilyasova would seem the natural heir apparent to Andrew Bogut as the benefactor of the BC's loudest fans (at least with Brandon Jennings still extension-less), so kudos to the Turk for stepping up and making sure that Bogut's great idea lives on. The big question now: what should they be called? I'm not sure "Squad Six" needs to be retired given it wasn't just about Bogut's jersey number (they're like a sixth man, right?), but I suppose with Bogut gone it's probably time for a little re-branding. Suggestions welcome in the comments...

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