Weekly Buck Points Volume I
This is the first in my weekly series of postings I will be putting up every Sunday or Monday for the next couple of weeks. Beginning with training camp on October 1st, when the action starts to heat up, I will begin daily postings.
Bogut Comes on Strong Against Team USA
Bucks C Andrew Bogut struggled early in the World Championships, but certainly came on late. He had his very best game against the very best competition, Team USA. In that game he posted an impressive Eff48 of 32.23, his highest production of the tournament. The game actually had another bright spot for Antlerheads -- the Aussies lost. That means Bogut can rest his tired, and sometimes heavy-looking, legs. He looked a bit worn down at times. Its to be expected. He had a long NBA rookie season, followed by a very active off-season on the international scene. Time for him to get tanned, rested, and ready for the coming NBA campaign.
The World favors Havlicek Ball... will the '06-'07 Bucks?
If you ever watch the NBA All-Star games from the 1970s, the ones that feature players like Jerry West, Rick Barry, Dave Bing, Doug Collins, Walt Frazier, and John Havlicek, its obvious they played a radically different style of basketball than the Association does today. Their style was "cut-pass-shoot" motion basketball, whereas the NBA of today is ruled by the hegemonic "clear out" isolation game. Both styles are on display at the World Championships... the World plays old school, Team USA sticks to the new.
I think the old style may be more effective -- its certainly more pleasing to watch. Sure, there aren't as many dunks or streetball type one-on-one moves, but there is much more energy, much less standing around, and much more respect for the pass. The entire team stays more actively involved on offense, which leads to a more balanced attack.
If Team USA loses, it won't be because the World has matched their talent (the gap is still quite wide) it will be because they play a more effective style. And given the makeup of the Bucks roster, I have a sneaking suspicion the boys in Red and Green might be playing Havlicek ball themselves. Turn back the clock.
The Coming Storm
Sooner or later the Bucks and the Milwaukee community have to resolve the Bradley Center issue. The Bucks have long contended that they cannot survive on the revenue generated by the BC, and I tend to think they are right. The question is: what is the alternative? A new facility would solve the problem, but where is the money for that going to come from? I doubt it will be the taxpayers, that well was effectively dried up by the Brewers and Packers. It will have to come from Corporate Milwaukee in partnership with the team. It better happen soon. If it doesn't, the Bucks may be on the move.