At least we’ve got the Sun and cloud-free skies to keep our spirits high during this trying time. Yet with the arrival of nice weather the underlying feeling is that strange new normalcy we’ve become accustomed to over the past month and change. Everything seems normal from people enjoying the weather, out for runs, and generally emerging from their winter hibernation quarters.
It makes the slow freeze upon everything else that much more stark. It makes the lack of basketball and all its attendant pomp and circumstance noticeable in a way the loss of the regular season never was. It’s enough to drive a sizable group with plenty of financial stakes into considering a Disney-like solution to a viral outbreak.
But, we’ve got actual warmth from the fiery ball of gas in the middle of our solar system for the first time in months. We’ll always have that.
‘People want to see sports’ — Bucks co-owner said he believes NBA season will eventually resume (CNBC)
It’s a little funny/weird that the team’s governor is an occasional panelist alongside the likes of Alex Rodriguez talking about finance and the vagaries therein. Anyways, Lasry doesn’t give us a ton of insight from inside what league owners have been discussing to return to games, but you’d assume he’s presenting a widely held opinion on if the season will return.
Now we just need him to propose holding the playoffs in Oshkosh within a giant isolation bubble. Secure that home court advantage, owners.
Giannis’s somewhat bland nod to greatness being a lifelong pursuit is pretty on-brand, but I’ve enjoyed the slow tricking reminder of Jordan’s to the mountaintop. Jordan had a very successful career up until his breakthrough and a first title at age 27. The dynamics between competitive expectations then and now may not have changed all that much (I take it there were plenty of “can he do it?” narratives around MJ in the 80s/90s), but it takes a damned long time to hammer away before finally getting to the Finals for a lot of great players and great teams.
So, at age 25, having no Finals appearances is no black mark on Giannis. After all, the best to ever do it need to fall short before tasting success.
Michael Jordan’s strange, strained, and significant connection to the Milwaukee Bucks & Robin Lopez replaced every NBA mascot with Disney characters (Milwaukee Record)
I really enjoyed reading the first piece from Milwaukee Record’s Vince Morales about Jordan’s relationship to Milwaukee first as a player, later as a potential owner, and now as a tequila partner with Wes Edens. For the older fans among us, hopefully tickets to watch Jordan drop 30+ at the Bradley Center.
Oh, and Robin Lopez did some Disney stuff because he’s always very on-brand. If the NBA does decide to use Disney World as its pandemic playoff property at least we can rest easy knowing the Lopez twins own 7,000,000 acres of land there already.
If the NBA does start back up at Disney World, what teams are staying where? If the Bucks don't stay at the Polynesian there will be problems— Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) April 28, 2020
The thing I fail to understand about the deluge of desire for Giannis to join Curry et al. with the Warriors is how it would go about radically enhancing his “legacy”. If he went there, won a billion championships with Curry, then took over the team that’d be fine, I guess. But couldn’t you argue that many meaningful legacies in the NBA have been built around all-time players finding ways to do the impossible and win a title with their original home?
My point it, while the NBA in the 2020s is as loyalty fluid as the league has ever been, I remain to be convinced that doing a discount version of Kevin Durant’s flight to Golden State would cement Antetokounmpo’s perception in the moment and down the line.
At least he could become a venture capitalist tech bro. That’s really where you can make your mark.
How Kane Pitman became the Milwaukee Bucks’ most unexpected beat writer (The Pick and Roll)
Always interesting hearing about Kane’s path to Milwaukee; a testament to the global reach of the NBA (and thereby at least somewhat that of Milwaukee itself), but also to the gutsy nerve it took to up and come to Wisconsin to pursue a career in sports journalism.
Nowadays, you can find Kane hosting Locked on Bucks with Brew Hoop godfather Frank Madden. As ever, we salute the work Kane has put in and are happy to have him along!
...Heat in seven? Lacks the fluidity of “Bucks in six” in my humble opinion.
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More Marques Johnson story time
SPACE JAM:MJ23 asked some UCLA players to come out and ball while he shot Space Jam at Warner Brothers. I went with my son @PointForwardPro pretty much every day. One day before the main games started, I was playing some 3 on 3 with MJ23 and others. I casually went up to dunk...— Marques Johnson (@olskool888) April 27, 2020
MJ23 said, “hey old man, don’t be out here dunking, you know that wasn’t part of your game.” My reply was,”I must’ve been doing something right because you had my poster on your wall in college.” MJ23 blushed and grinning, “you got me on that one, I loved your game!” #ClassicMJ— Marques Johnson (@olskool888) April 27, 2020
Wholesome baby content alert
The Bucks should just isolate at the Ilyasova household to get shots up
Color coordinating our masks is the next step in fighting coronavirus
Doesn’t seem good
Does this count as being vulture-like?
I wonder at how much activity has dropped off on other platforms where basketball is normally discussed. Twitter jumps straight to mind, and my feed seems to have died down quite a bit. Other forums are experiencing a marked drop in interaction from my cursory glances, and I don’t need to say much about the, mmm, inactivity around these parts.
Going back and evaluating historical comparisons is cool and all, but the whole pause has driven home how much modern sports culture (however defined) has come to rely so heavily upon the next new/unexpected/untold thing to keep it afloat. That bubble blew into billions upon billions of dollars in revenue for the properly-placed orgs, but when it popped it popped big time.