Welcome to the latest edition of our mailbag series, Questions & Antlers! If you’ve watched any Bucks games this year, you’ve probably seen Melanie Ricks interviewing a player or coach. Mel is in her first season as the sideline and digital reporter for Bally Sports Wisconsin, following in the footsteps of Zora Stephenson.
Amidst her busy schedule, Mel has been gracious to take the time to answer some of your questions. Without further ado, let’s dive in!
Mitchell Maurer asks: Many fans pencil in a SEGABABA as a loss. In your own experience, what sort of things account for the debilitating effect of travel?
Melanie: I would say the most debilitating things that factor into traveling would be the travel itself and the change in time zones, particularly when you’re going out west. Travel, no matter how luxurious, is exhausting. It’s a lot of mental and physical wear on your body. And then, when you factor in a time change, that adds another layer because there isn’t always time to adjust. Often, you’re landing in a city the night before a game and waking up first thing in the morning for meetings, film, shoot around, treatment, etc. It takes some time to get used to but thanks to the busy schedule, you do get used to it pretty quickly.
WiscoJoe asks: What’s your favorite memory you have from your time covering the Bucks?
Melanie: My favorite memory during my time covering the Bucks would have to be my very first game on the sideline. It was a road game versus the Pistons on November 2, 2021 and we won that game by a large margin. To be honest, I don’t remember anything else specifically from the game itself because I was so nervous and it seemed to go by in a blur, but Detroit will always hold a special place in my heart for this reason; it’s where I got my start in the sideline reporter role!
PackofBrews asks: Which Bucks assistant coach has a demeanor that makes you believe that they can be a future head coach? I’m not especially interested in their skills/experience, but rather their professionalism, personality, and confidence.
Melanie: I think that all our assistant coaches are capable of being future head coaches in the NBA. Everyone is so unique in their outlook on the game, their approach, what they bring to the table and the way in which they communicate with the team. We truly are so fortunate to have them. And they’re all so multi-faceted too. It would be tough for me to just choose just one, honestly!
Thank you again to Melanie for taking the time to stop by and answer some of your questions. If you’re not already, follow her on Twitter/X at @melaniebricks.
Stay tuned for more mailbags in our Questions & Antlers series! Mel was our first celebrity guest, but we’re anticipating more to come. Stay tuned!