Seattle failed in an attempt to lure the Kings from Sacramento, so Cow Town keeps one of the worst teams in the NBA. The NBA blocked the move Monday and Seattle – one of my eight favorites cities in the country – groaned.
But all is not lost! Seattle is not giving up hope to get an NBA team back. The new target: the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks aren’t for sale, but …
However the Bucks and the NBA have said the team will need to leave Milwaukee after the 2016-2017 season unless a new arena is built. An official discussion on a new downtown arena in Milwaukee has yet to start.
For reasons I can’t quite explain, I was a big fan of the Bucks in the 80s. I think it was logo-related. Perhaps it was the color scheme. I rarely got to see the Bucks on TV, and living in the Washington DC-area, I obviously never saw them live. But when I’d go to the hat store, I’d always come close to buying a Bucks hat (never pulled the trigger, though).
Anyway, I thought I’d take this opportunity to carve out my 10 favorite Milwaukee Bucks of the last 30 years:
1. Jack Sikma. A lanky, uncoordinated 7-footer (fine, 6-foot-11) who almost exclusively shot 3-pointers late in his career? Yes, please.
2. Paul Mokesi. A favorite of Tim Ryan, there’s so much to love here – mustache, oversized knee braces, receding hairline, speed of a sloth, agility of a robot … I could go on all night.
3. Alvin Robertson – Memories of a defensive hound who filled the fast break lanes like a greyhound are tarnished by multiple arrests in 2010.
4. Michael Redd – Love watching lefties shoot.
5. Paul Pressey – Such a smooth 6th man. When playing youth ball, when I couldn’t get jersey #32 (Magic) I often settled for 22.
6. Terry Cummings – Bald, tough guy, valuable reserve. Also played for the Knicks. Always felt like he had a slow-motion jumper that was automatic within 12 feet.
7. Frank Brickowski – Glorious mane, a basketball player with “brick” in his name, and doesn’t he sort of look like a generic bad guy in a Steven Seagal movie?
8. Brandon Jennings – Love the confidence, and the nickname: Young Money.
9. Todd Day. Never amounted to much, but I liked him at Arkansas and it carried over.
10. Lee Mayberry. What can I say, I really liked the Razorbacks when they were playing Nolan Richardson’s brand of ball!
Note: Had Dale Ellis spent more than 1 1/4 seasons in Milwaukee, he probably makes the list. Also, no, I’m not a huge Big Dog fan, I link Ray Allen more to Seattle and Boston, and Sidney Moncrief would have been 11, if you’re wondering.