Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Tonight’s (on) topic: No “One Call That’s All”
Some scattered thoughts on LeBron, the futures of the Pacers and Bucks, trapping defenses, John Wall’s evolution, Celtics-Sixers, and Melo’s contract. https://t.co/aSR0UNPlbi @ringer— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) April 30, 2018
The Ringer’s, Kevin O’Connor, takes some time to sum up what the Bucks franchise has in store for them after this disappointing season. The first thing O’Connor notes is the need for a new coach because Joe Prunty and Co. did not do enough.
Why would any team in 2018 feature a lineup with both Jason Terry and Shabazz Muhammad on the floor at the same time? In a Game 7, no less?
The most recent Locked on Bucks episode was filled with Frank and Eric beside themselves as to why the coaching staff would switch up their defensive strategy to go from the switching defense that slowed Boston down back to their blitzing style. The one-two-punch of bad strategy and even worse rotations appear to be behind us (hopefully), and we are all very excited that the coaching staff will get scrubbed of Jason Kidd’s stank.
The salary cap hell that the Bucks are in featured prominently as well. The well tread fact that Matthew Dellavedova and John Henson are being overpaid relative to their output is obviously hurting the Bucks future plans to acquire pieces to place around Giannis Antetokounmpo. Of course, hitting on their draft selection this summer will help alleviate some of that future planning pressure.
I have a bit of a gripe with this claim from O’Connor:
Malcolm Brogdon, D.J. Wilson, and Sterling Brown likely project as role players.
Hmm, one of those names definitely does not belong. D.J. Wilson is the next Rashad Vaughn and I have no faith in him to reach role player status. I also think that Malcolm Brogdon can be more than just a “role player” as he is on track to be at least a fourth scoring option. Sterling Brown is destined to be a role player, and an absolute pest of one.
Tonight’s (off) topic: Flip Phones
My parents, bless their hearts, still use flip phones and subscribe to the pay-as-you-go method of cell phone ownership. The two of them are some of the most technologically illiterate people I have ever come across so the flip phones make sense for them. My mom recently told me she wanted a smart phone, mainly for the camera (which is a good reason!), but I can’t imagine her utilizing a smart phone to even a quarter of its potential.
Any flip phone/non-smart phone users out there? My favorite pre-smart phone era device was definitely the T-Mobile Sidekick.
Brew Hoop has partnered up with BreakingT to design and distribute licensed moment-driven shirts as they happen. Check out this link for the latest items!
As a general rule, non-basketball topics are permitted in an open thread, provided that they follow the SB Nation Community Guidelines.