$250 million. That’s how much public funding the investors and owners of the Milwaukee Bucks future want in order to keep the team in Wisconsin.
Taxpayers might be about to feel the hit as the fond franchise of dear steers looks to move from their classic, Bradley Center home of 17 years to a new, state of the art arena and entertainment complex (think the STAPLES Centre and Nokia Live across Chick Hearn way).
This new move is part of the Bucks radical rebrand featuring a more mature logo and some green and white, instant vintage jerseys that take it back to the good old, classic days of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. This new outfit and colour scheme seems to be doing the numbers for a new team led by The Alphabet, Michael Carter-Williams, sophomore retiring from injury Jabari Parker and new, big free agent signing Greg Monroe and this teams promising potential future of prominence.
But will it all be a waste?
Will the jerseys have to be recalled and rebooted, especially with one of the new Bucks secondary logos being made out of the outline of the map of their current home? If the right amount of dollars can’t be ponied up then this animal might have to make a red, bee-line down the atlas to a new residence.
This is a league where teams move all the time. After all there aren’t many Grizzly bears in Memphis and its New Orleans, not Utah that’s famous for Jazz music. Speaking of which, even the Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans (by way of Oklahoma during Hurricane Katrina, which ended up giving these honourable hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise from a city where about to get into) then renamed themselves the Pelicans. Whilst the city of Charlotte ended up getting an expansion franchise back in the form of the Bobcats, who last year they renamed…wait for it, the Hornets. All of that for almost nothing.
Seattle has been calling like tossed salads and scrambled eggs. They’ve wanted a new franchise-or even their old one back-since the Supersonics where taken to Oklahoma City and renamed and rebranded as the Thunder. A reign fall that now leaves Seattle with only the Storm of a perfect WNBA franchise. The colours would be right, but we’re sure the Milwaukee Bucks won’t want to lose their identity that they’ve worked so hard and paid so much for to homage and redux only these last few months. No matter how much the NBA wants the Sonics back, in a city as perfect as Seattle. The Kings of Sacramento almost found a new throne and home here, but just like these new Bucks nothing would feel as right as the original Sonics.
So maybe as the chips are down the Bucks may take a gamble in Las Vegas. Sin City is famous for UNLV basketball on the NCAA front but have been trying to throw their hand in for an NBA franchise and trying to prove that the bright lights and big money won’t be a distraction to players, ever since successfully rolling out and hosting the 2007 All-Star Game, the first time a non NBA city had laid this all out on the table and court. If the Bucks do take a spin to the city of sin you may as well call these Las Vegas (Mega) Bucks the Las Vegas Millionaires. They’ll surely have the 250 mill needed for a new palace up the road from Caesars.
Still as much as Nevada and the birthplace of Nirvana need the hoops heaven of an NBA franchise, so does the great city and NBA home of Milwaukee.
After all those years and recent months the Bucks can’t stop here!
Knicks RJ Barrett: Basketball + Business
Canadian RJ Barrett sits down for a very candid interview with agent Bill Duffy and “The Boardroom” host — former no. 1 overall pick Jay Williams to discuss basketball and his business ambitions and aspirations.
Barrett is expected to be amongst the highest global sponsorship earners of his generation and is represented by agent Duffy — who has done over 3.5 billion dollars in contract negotiations and also represented Canada’s greatest basketball player to date and RJ’s very own Godfather Steve Nash.
Under Duffy’s direction, Barrett is expected to capitalize on the immediate rise of Canadian Basketball and the national corporate entities looking for an immediate association with the rapidly growing sport.
Barrett has already inked deals with financial powerhouse Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and global leader in made to measure apparel company INDOCHINO — Which costumed designed his Draft night suit.
Globally, with Barrett’s ability to speak French, Duffy also sees a market in China but as well as untapped African market. After all, Duffy is somewhat responsible for Yao Ming’s massive success in the Asian-Pacific markets.
When it’s all said and done, Barrett stands a chance at being Canada’s top-earning athlete, both in salary earnings and corporate dollars.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Is The Real MVP
Santa Monica, California was on an award tour like A Tribe Called Quest for the NBA’s end of season grand prize spectacle last night. Hanging out in the coolest performing arts theatre in all of Los Angeles (my apologies to the Hollywood Bowl), the converted airplane Barker Hangar played host to the 2019 NBA Awards. The Emmy’s, Oscar’s and Grammy’s of hoops Tony.
The best of the Basketball best and the cream of the future hops crop descended on this hangar, suited and booted like they were flossing injured court-side.
Shaq sized in the perfect setting in a place that houses feats of brilliance that take flight like Mike, this event could only be hosted by the one and only, Big Aristotle of the Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal (sorry Drake. Although you troll NBA players better than Kevin Hart telling Kenny Smith he’s so ashy if he smiles his lips will bleed as he goes to take a sip of his water). And the most entertaining NBA player ever (give him his award) laughed, joked, sang, rapped and danced his way to an enjoyable evening in the place he racked up three rings on repeat.
But how about the prize giving? Well your real Most Valuable Player this year is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Say what you will about last year’s MVP and this year’s runner up in the closest of recent races as tight as the Rookie of the Year voting, James Harden racking up triple-doubles like Charles Barkley says Lonzo Ball does triple-singles, but it’s the Alphabet’s time now after slaughtering this season gone. Sure he didn’t come away with the ‘chip like worthy candidate Kawhi Leonard and his (we still hope) Toronto Raptors, but that is his next challenge for the Mamba Mentality tweeted in congratulation by Kobe Bryant who predicted this MVP years back. And in a beautiful and emotional speech, Giannis dedicated all this to his dearly departed dad and his brothers and mom in attendance as every eye not dry in the house got out their seats in unanimous ovation.
And in a truly global game flying the flag outside the United States for each category winner, Antetokounmpo almost doubled up, finishing in second place for Defensive Player Of The Year, under the stifling Eiffel of French fly swatter, Rudy Gobert. As Paul George after an incredible season-no lucky shot-came in third place like he did for the MVP voting. Toronto not only got the ‘chip in the Six however as their X-factor Pascal Siakam came up with the Most Improved Player award ahead of Sacramento sophomore De’Aaron Fox and Brooklyn’s own (if they play their free agent cards right), D’Angelo Russell.
Coach of the Year was bucked by Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dry-erasing for the MVP. And Bradley Beal was passed the Community Assist Award for all the good this All Star has done. Give him a hand for all the ones he has. Whilst the Sportsmanship award went to new Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., who also racked up the Teammate Of The Year award for his grit n grind time with the Memphis Grizzlies. But who else for the Sixth Man of the Year award then the ‘6 Man’ of all-time, Lou Williams? Joining Clippers teammate Jamal Crawford as the only player to win the Sixth award three times over.
And the House Of Highlights Moment of the Year of course went to Derrick Rose. Can you guess for what game?
We have a ball rattling around the rim forever in Toronto that shoots for even more stars though.
But how about that Rookie of the Year award? Who you got? Because in narrowly beating out Atlanta Hawk Trae Young it’s clear the award belongs to superstar right now Luka Dončić after a Maverick season in Dallas. Where the Texan gunslinger from Slovenia is about to draw on them all next season. Look out for the kid like Pat Garrett, Billy.
Sager Strong, broadcaster Robin Roberts took home that award named in honor after the suited court-side with a microphone presenter. And her “make your mess your message” speech was the most inspiring of the night after her fight against breast cancer and bone marrow disease, raising awareness.
Executive of the Year went to Jon Horst of the Milwaukee Bucks (sorry Rob Pelinka…jokes) but the Lifetime Achievement? Well that went to a former President who has just left office. No not Obama (although POTUS does have game…WAP!). But the Magic man, Earvin Johnson. The Laker legend honored in California for all he’s done since starting the fast-break of Showtime, to changing the game behind the back without taking a single shot. All the way to walking away from it bravely when he was diagnosed with HIV and then making a comeback so beautifully for the man who will always be purple and gold with all this entrepreneur pulls out the empire of his top hat. Say what you will about his presidency residency but as we look to free agency this crazy off-season, remember who started all this off by bringing the King to Hollywood last Summer, waiting outside his house in his car at one in the morning.
Now that can’t be tampered with.
Apart from with this. How about one better? In a courtship of rivals and a year of what could have well just been shared MVP and ROY honours, Magic Johnson shared this award of a lifetime with his former, rival and friend Larry Bird. The college to big league opponent who was a Celtic classic legend from downtown Boston. All the way to the parquet green pride of more smoked Red cigars. Two lifetimes for the price of one. Now who cares whose coming in second place?
Because all in all last nights NBA Awards show of All-Stars showed us one thing like the NBA Finals. No matter who took home the gold, we all came away winners.