1. There's plenty of work left to do, but the Milwaukee Bucks have big plans for a new sports and entertainment district, which could ultimately feature multiple developments totaling roughly $1 billion in total investment. So what does Wes Edens envision? (Don Walker/Journal-Sentinel)
"People in Wisconsin are plenty hardy. Keep the rain and snow off their head. Get them out of the wind. People will sit and drink beer and watch a World Cup game. I want that space to be the biggest outdoor sports bar in the country. That's how I think of it. It gives people a reason to come down there."
2. It turns out benching your most talented player attracts attention. Thankfully, Giannis is starting tonight (yay!) which means our
long national short regional nightmare is over. (Yours Truly/Brew Hoop)
In the end my guess (slash-hope) is that this is a 48-hour story; if Giannis plays major minutes again on Friday in New York all will mostly be forgotten. Optimistically, that would also explain why Kidd felt he could get away with treating it like such a non-story last night -- if he waits a day it probably resolves itself and suddenly no one cares. Still, we shouldn't lose sight of the irony of the whole situation: This became a story in no small part because Kidd said it wasn't a story and then became testy when reporters made it clear that, yes, benching your team's most popular and most talented player is the kind of thing people find interesting.
3. In happier news: Giannis remains optimistic about the team being built around him in Milwaukee. Huzzah! (ESPN/Ohm Youngmisuk)
Youngmisuk: Looking at the Bucks' future -- Jabari, yourself, Carter-Williams -- what comes to your mind when you hear that?
Antetokounmpo: Great team. Great guys. That'd be amazing. It is hard to have a team that everybody likes (each other). I read an article that Kevin Love and LeBron James are not friends. Who knows? But you cannot build a franchise that two or three guys where they are not connected to each other. Like, me, Jabari and Michael, we like each other. We are friends. Like Khris, we all like each other. That is a thing that we do great here because we like each other, we like having fun with each other, we like playing together.
4. Michael Carter-Williams has struggled since arriving in Milwaukee, though he's starting to get his bearings with his new team. (Gary Washburn/Boston Globe)
"It was the first time I’ve ever been traded, I didn’t know how to handle things," Carter-Williams said. "I was still having some feelings toward me leaving my old teammates. We got a lot of things out on the table. I think the guys here did a great job of helping me feel comfortable. Just talking to coaches and building a relationship with them and the players. It took a little bit, but it’s there now. We just want to win on the court and continue to build relationships."
On April 13, the Milwaukee Bucks will host the "See The Future" party at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to celebrate a new era for the city and the team. The event will feature a viewing party for the final regular season Bucks road game at the Philadelphia 76ers (6 p.m. CT tip), live music and the first official opportunity for the public to see the team's new logos.
Bucks rookies Jabari Parker and Damien Inglis, along with a host of former Bucks greats, will be in attendance at the event to join with fans in watching the Bucks at 76ers game on the main video board in the arena. Local indie rock band Maritime will perform at center court, and the music video for their new single, "Milwaukee," will debut during the game. At halftime, those in attendance will be among the first to see the new logos as they are unveiled to the public. Merchandise sporting the new Bucks look will also be available for purchase for the first time.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a season ticket open house, where those in attendance will have an opportunity to "test cheer" available seats and become a 2015-16 MVP full season ticket holder.
The evening will also serve to tip off the Bucks' participation in Milwaukee Day (April 14) celebrations around the city. More details will be announced in coming days.