Now that we are but three wins away from destiny, I think it behooves the readers and writers of this site to start considering what the Milwaukee Bucks should do IF they win the inaugural NBA Cup this week. With the somewhat slapped-together nature of the title parade, everyone would benefit from a bit of planning to give us the best possible event. And so, without further ado, here are the ways the Bucks and their fans could celebrate some hardware this week:
- Do nothing at all. Deny Adam Silver and league HQ the validation they desperately want for this competition
- Bus in the seemingly anonymous members of Squad Six (or whatever they’re called now; are they even real?) to General Mitchell International for a midnight greeting of our conquering heroes
- Shoot your shot and make it public TODAY that a parade might be happening next Sunday — with a forecast of a high of 38 and partly sunny, the heavens smile upon this venture
- Get all the players come out before the first home game post-Cup and have them give the trophy a big smooch (new traditions!)
- Copy the NHL and let every player have a day with the Cup to do whatever debauched or completely pedestrian things they like with it in their company
- Believe so wholeheartedly in the power of friendship that is being built in Milwaukee that you just delay the Cup parade and tie it in with the Finals parade next summer
- Have the players meet up with the 15 Bucks fans in Vegas for the Cup at one of the big casinos for a night nobody will be able to remember
- Melt the trophy down and donate the scrap metal to some enterprising Milwaukee-area junkyard (we’re supporting local businesses!)
- Design and sew on a “Cup Champion” patch that goes on every uniform from now until the season finishes
- Cut a deal with Wendy’s so they extend the “Bucks win, you win” deal — every Wisconsinite gets a free cup (get it?) of chili on Sunday, even if they don’t ask for one
- Finally acknowledge the true master of power not only in the city of Milwaukee, but the entire state of Wisconsin: Bring the Cup into David Gruber’s possession in an elaborate ceremony where he finally reveals his Movie Villain scheme to eliminate follow-up calls in their entirety
And those are just the options I came up with in my fever dreams. If there are ways to celebrate that I’m missing, I invite you to please share them in the comments.
Milwaukee Bucks Links
Note: This was written prior to the one point second half performance from Dame against the Bulls. That game aside, there is no denying that a firm step forward has been made by Lillard offensively. Sure, the Bucks may get in shootouts every single night, but they’ve got some of the best personnel around to win those kind of footraces.
The First Month NBA Power Rankings (The Ringer)
A fifth-place rating and this line to open from KOC: “The Adrian Griffin hire is on track to go down as the biggest mistake any team has made this offseason.”
*blushing emoji*, *blushing emoji*, *blushing emoji*, *fire emoji*, *fire emoji*
Happy that Giannis can push his way into the MVP discussion even when he’s had his ups and downs. We’re very early in the season and so any “momentum” a given player has can be ignored. I wouldn’t say Antetokounmpo has been the clear-cut dominant force that earned him his first two MVPs, but he’ll certainly be in the mix if the team can rip off a long run of great results.
Honorable mention: Dame makes the top-15 on this list as well.
10 most improved shooters so far (NBA.com)
One day we’ll have to do the deep dive to determine just how much Malik Beasley and Cam Payne’s respective leaps in eFG% have helped smooth over the early defensive rough patches. That not one, but two FAs arrived and saw huge jumps in shooting percentage is a credit to the players, their teammates, and GM Jon Horst for getting these guys to Milwaukee.
Fan Post/Comment of the Week
Nothing for the Fan Posts this week. Go tumbleweeds.
For comment of the week, I’d be a hypocrite if I had that kind of opening and didn’t give Cervarello their due:
Is it bad that if the Bucks reach the finals I’m tempted to catch a flight to Vegas to watch it. I can typically get a flight for $100 or less and can get rooms comped. I have told everyone this tournament was dumb and didn’t matter so would feel a little foolish to now go and attend it :)
Silver would be proud. Hell, Adam Silver IS proud. It is all going according to plan.
Know Your NBA Enemy
New York Knicks - Posting & Toasting - The Quentin Grimes Mystery
A reminder that it is actually quite common for young players to stumble a bit year-over-year. As far as the guard rotation goes, the Knicks can absorb a step back from Grimes with another career-year from Jalen Brunson, a step forward by Immanuel Quickley, and Donte DiVincenzo doing stuff.
The Social Media Section
As my colleague Michael so eloquently put it, “This is a 2023-24 Bucks experience”
You tweeted “it’s over” 1,222 times and “we’re back” 1,223 times this year— Fredward, Fredward (@Fredward3948576) November 29, 2023
Imagine being the kind of franchise held hostage by... Zach LaVine
The Chicago Bulls’ main priority is to trade Zach LaVine before everyone else, per @KCJHoop— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) November 29, 2023
“LaVine is the main organizational focal point for now. In fact, league sources said that, at least for now, Karnišovas is responding to inquiries on other players by saying he wants to… pic.twitter.com/pLeo31BcLc
Low-key love the shoes. Bossman back soon.
Shoutout the fellas bonding after the game
Me neither, Robin
Tag @NBA next time
Album review coming to a basketblog site near you soon
Stay winning, Serge
Riley’s 2023-2024 Regular Season Prediction Record: 9-11
Milwaukee Bucks 2023-2024 Actual Regular Season Record: 14-6
As has been detailed elsewhere, we only firmly know of one game this week:
- v. New York Knicks, Tuesday — 6:30 PM CT (In-Season Tournament)
- Could play Thursday in Vegas, could play Boston or Indiana depending on the In-Season Tournament outcomes
This week’s prediction slate throws a wrench into my finely tuned algorithm, but I believe the Bucks (and I) will overcome by winning everything this week, going 3-0, and enacting one of my ideas from the opener to celebrate.
Remember, the most important thing is this: If the Bucks win the Cup, it is the most important competition in league history since the NBA/ABA merger; if the Bucks lose, it is the worst idea the league has ever had.