I have the confidence to be [a top-10 player]. I’m gonna play like it. Some people will have their opinions, but to be in the league, you have to have confidence that you’re one of the best.Khris Middleton talks to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com
Actually hearing from teams that there's a lot of interest in Ilyasova. A veteran stretch four. Could be valuable to a playoff team. But I wouldn't be surprised if the Bucks didn't do anything.Chad Ford Chat - ESPN
"I have learned the tribes proposing to develop the Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha will offer $200 million to aid in the construction of a new downtown Milwaukee arena, if Governor Walker reverses his earlier rejection of the casino plan. The Menomonie tribe of Wisconsin and Seminole of Florida will, according to sources, offer the money if the state accepts the earlier proposed compact agreement reached by the tribe and state negotiators. Governor Walker rejected that deal three weeks ago, saying the state was at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars if the Potawatomi tribe was reimbursed for state payments because of the new competition in Kenosha."Mark Bellinghttp://www.belling.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Exclusive.pdf
"The gamble to poach coach Jason Kidd has paid off swimmingly, with the former Nets boss fashioning an excellent defense around a deep interior cast and a long, active group of wings. Brandon Knight has played well enough to deserve a solid second contract while Giannis Antetokounmpo has scaled his production in year two, even if his overall offensive game needs to expand. Consider these Bucks, who were expected to rank among the East’s worst, to be among the league’s biggest overachievers now that they’ve fought their way into the postseason picture despite their evident hurdles."Ben Golliver, SI.com
"The only one I really didn't care for him [to go to] is Milwaukee. I'll be honest ... it came out all wrong. [Utah general manager] Kevin [O'Connor] knew about it ... We called them, and it was because in next two weeks I had a feeling we were going to see each other extensively, so there's no reason for that [interview]."---Max Ergul, Enes Kanter's agent.
Remember those old Fox shows, "When Animals Attack?" The 2010-11 Bucks are "When Advanced Metrics Go Wrong!!!!" They traded for an already overpaid Corey Maggette (an efficient scorer on paper, which apparently made him underrated as long as you never, ever watched him); overpaid Drew Gooden (an efficient rebounder and high-percentage shooter who holds the unofficial record for "most times a player made his coach roll his eyes and look at the scoreboard" since 2000); and took care of John Salmons (who had his inevitable post-contract year swoon). Everything made sense on paper. Which would be fine if this were baseball. But it's basketball: a sport in which five guys have to mesh the right way (a process that often defies statistics), and also, they have to collectively give a crap about the sport and each other.Bill Simmons on the Bucks troubles. Quite frankly, pretty spot on.
Bucks' Bogut's Blocks Beset By Big Buzzer BeaterMe.
Kendrick Perkins did tell me he thinks [Andrew] Bogut is the best offensive center in the NBA.Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, via Twitter
Milwaukee has good shooters, talented players and the kind of attitude that will make them a playoff challenge -- especially if their young legs go against the elder citizens of the NBA in Boston (which right now would be the matchup).Pat McManamon of NBA FanHouse