I'VE HAD IT WITH
DEER ON THIS
Game Time Start: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Officials: J. Capers, M. Ayotte, J. Tiven
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Milwaukee Notes
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Season Records: (W-L)
37-22 (Away: 17-14) 29-30 (Home: 15-14)
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Darren Collison, sore groin, day-to-day
Kwame Brown, torn talent muscle, out
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Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: Jonathan Auping: The Pacers Are "Just Right"
Once upon a time, there was a little basketball scout named Gold E. Locks. Mr.
Locks knew basketball and he had always been able to predict which teams were
successful based on his theory that balanced basketball always gets the job done.
Well, for one weekend, Gold was assinged to scout three NBA teams: the Boston
Celtics, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Indiana Pacers. He decided to assess
a few areas on each team and try to figure out which team was likely to have the
Gold decided to visit each team in their home city to watch them in their
respective practice sessions. He stayed in Boston for a night and made the
personal decison that, “This city is far too busy and populated. Although the
baked beans are great, I could never live here.”
After Boston, he flew over to Oklahoma City. OKC wasn’t Mr. Locks’ cup of tea
either. “This city is far too dull. I can’t believe that when I asked the hotel
concierge for night-life ideas she simply had the horse and buggy take me to the
local IHOP. No way I could live here.”
Gold next spent a weekend in Indianapolis. He felt at home. “You know, this city
is just right. Not too crowded, not too dull. I could really see myself raising a
I’m not quite sure how Gold’s living preferences made it into this article, but
more importantly, I was able to get a copy of the notes he took from his scouting
report. Since Mr. Locks is such a great basketball mind, I thought that I might
share a few of the points he made regarding three teams that Pacers fans have
recently become familiar with.
Celtics: “This team is far too old. A few of their players seem too elderly to even
run the fast break. This is supposed to be a basketball team, not a retirement
Thunder: “This team is far too young. Young teams can make poor decisons late
in games. That James Harden guy might fool some people with his beard, but
apparently he is only 22 years old. This is supposed to be a basketball team, not
a daycare center.”
Pacers: ”This team’s age is just right. Most of its core is pretty young, but the
roster has some great veterans like David West and Danny Granger. Age shoudn’t
be a problem for them.”...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Bucksketball Owning pessimism – Why it doesn’t make you a bad person
As my Milwaukee Bucks world came crashing down around me earlier this week
I found myself, as I often do, looking to Twitter and Facebook for some sort of
kinship. I don’t know what I was looking for. I guess I wanted to see other people
complaining about the Bucks. I wanted to see people frustrated about what was
My search ended almost as quickly as it began.
I saw almost nothing.
I did see the occasional person compliment Milwaukee on its effort. Then I saw
someone in my Facebook timeline had a picture from the Knicks game with a
caption of something like, “Got last minute tickets to the Bucks game.” The first
comment was about no one ever actually making a plan to go to a Bucks game.
The second was something more simple, like the Bucks suck. I shook my head,
rolled my eyes and moved on to Twitter where some people were feeling the
same way I was.
All the national writers and bloggers I follow had little to nothing to say about
the ramifications of the Bucks-Knicks game though. A few comments about the
Knicks probably securing a playoff spot and about the Bucks having their work
cut out for them the rest of the way were made. Matt Moore had a bunch of
funny tweets throughout the night. But after the game was done on Wednesday,
the biggest regular season game the Bucks have had a couple years mind you,
pretty much no one was talking about the Bucks.
That’s our reality right now. I was incredibly charged and full of a variety of
thoughts from “I TOLD EVERYONE SO” to “Can it get any worse?” to “Maybe
Monta Ellis can work.” But only a few hundred people really cared.
No one ever really cares. The Bucks do not matter. And that’s why I am the
way I am. That’s why I write the way I write.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I want to be a more positive person. I
want to be an optimist. People at work have discussed starting a list of all the
things I hate. That’s probably a sign that I need to stop hating so many things
(or that I need to stop being so vocal about what I hate). The Bucks would
probably be on that list. Nothing in my life has ever been more love/hate than
my relationship with the Bucks.
But the hatred in me just feasts and gets stronger when I see things like this:
“It’s important for the players, the coaches, myself, the business
operation, and first and foremost for the fans,” Sen. Herb Kohl
said of reaching the playoffs. ”It’s a lot easier to sell your product
when you have a winning season. If we get to the playoffs, I think
we’ll all feel that we’ve had a good season. Then we’ll hope to do
well in the playoffs.
When I see that, I just throw my hands up. The playoffs are a Band-Aid on a
shotgun wound. I feel the same way when I see the “look how hard the Bucks
are trying” stories...READ MORE AT BUCKSKETBALL