I don’t know about you guys, but I certainly don’t remember the news cycle coming to such a dead-stop a year ago.
All we’ve had to look forward to for helping fill the content void is the FIBA World Cup and... we’re still weeks away from that being any closer to actually happening. Knowing our luck, each Buck involved with their respective national team will have dropped out for reasons varying from a lightly strained glute to just not liking the way the jerseys fit. This is the hell that awaits all of us.
Some highlights have already began trickling in from ongoing scrimmages and warm-up games, and at least everyone is being reasonable about what player performances in these shambolic outings says about the upcoming sea...
$180M pic.twitter.com/sXzPJHY6bx— pickuphoop (@pickuphoop) August 9, 2019
Thank goodness the schedule drops later today.
Bucks’ Khris Middleton braces for possible FIBA showdown with Giannis Antetokounmpo (Washington Post)
I’ve always found it interesting when a team’s top two to three players aren’t necessarily the closest individuals off the court. After all, every person is different and the importance of the on-court relationship is what matters most; having a buddy-buddy situation like that of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in Toronto is more an exception than the rule.
We’ve already heard the stories of how hard Giannis and Khris went at each other in team practices scrapping for minutes. Count me in as intrigued to see how they look if USA and Greece meet in the World Cup.
‘’I would exchange the MVP title for the World Cup title in China’’ (FIBA)
I’d be more surprised if we got an answer different from the one above to what Giannis hopes his international career comes to. While the past few summers have proven rocky for the Antetokounmpo-Greek Federation relationship, he’s focused on what looks like golden (sorry) opportunity for Greece at the World Cup.
For a team that has only gotten silver in the World Cup, no awards at the Olympics, and most recently took EuroBasket gold in 2005, lucking into Giannis might be a lottery ticket coming due at just the right time.
Bonzie Colson didn’t want to wait on NBA teams so he chose Turkey to continue his pro hoops journey (SouthCoast Today)
A final farewell as Bonzie Colson hits the road and heads overseas to Turkey as his professional career moves beyond the NBA.
While Bonzie always seemed a tough fit on this roster, he had a few highlights during his time with the Bucks, including a end-to-end late-season start against the Atlanta Hawks. Versus NBA competition his unique physical stature didn’t make itself felt in a definitive way, there’s nothing to say he can’t shine abroad. Here’s hoping a successful stint elsewhere results in another shot at the league.
Former Bucks player Tony Snell sells Mequon mansion (Biz Times)
In the latest dispatch from “inane things to fill the time during the off-season”, there’s this bit of news about Tony Snell’s mansion. Good for him flipping the value from $2.26 million up to $2.43 million. Also, if he didn’t have a plaque on the premises that said “Courtesy of Jon Horst’s trigger finger”, what the hell was he even doing?
The Social Media Section
League source: Former #2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet is working out for the Bucks next week in Milwaukee.— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) August 10, 2019
Thabeet spent this past year transforming his body and he has heard from multiple NBA teams that he is in great shape.
League source: Former #2 pick Hasheem Thabeet is working out for the Bucks next week!— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 11, 2019
Yup, this is the good stuff (plus overhyped Giannis)
DJ Wilson is truly a man of the people
yoooo need them to bring back the retro Bucks jersey wit the deer on em from the late 90’s... like ASAP!— D.J. Wilson (@Lanky_Smoove) August 8, 2019
yeah need these pic.twitter.com/cXYIS9q1QC— D.J. Wilson (@Lanky_Smoove) August 8, 2019
Darvin Ham left Texas Tech after three years for the NBA. He played 8 seasons and eventually started a coaching career that’s now landed him as the top assistant with the Bucks. Twenty-three years later, he completed his degree and walked in graduation ceremonies today. pic.twitter.com/URYh5BCnoB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 10, 2019
Team USA - we in here
"It's much more fun when you're on their team." @PConnaughton on scrimmaging against Khris & Brook: pic.twitter.com/8FftF67cJC— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 11, 2019
This just in -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel owner Gannett will be sold to Wes Edens' New Media Investment. Story ASAP.— Rich Kirchen (@richkirchenmbj) August 5, 2019
The greatest city on Earth got just a tiny bit greater
I’m at the opening of a new Five Guys in Wausau, where NBA player Kris Humphries is leaving his mark on the community.— Andrew Goldstein (@AndyGold24) August 9, 2019
More tonight at 5 and 6! pic.twitter.com/GeoGCK9GoI
The best part of schedule release day (for me) is finally figuring out which day I need to schedule time off for in order to be standing outside the Target Center 12 hours before tip-off. All of you out-of-state fans surely know how special it is when the Bucks come to your town, so here’s to the schedule dropping in your favor.
I just checked the FIBA countdown timer and we are 19 days, 04 hours, 52 minutes, and 32 seconds away from the first games tipping off. Yeesh.