Bucks Diary

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Milwaukee's Worst on tap in Miami


After the Bucks lost to the Kings a week or so ago, someone at the Sacramento Bee wrote that "the Bucks played like Milwaukee's Best tastes." Well, "The Beast" was on tap again last night in Miami.

Stotts not doing his job

I am very optimistic about the Bucks and their future. They are stock piling a lot of good talent, in my opinion. But I just don't think Terry Stotts is the man who will take them to the next level. And its games like last night that make me think that way.

Last night, the Bucks did not put forth a professional effort. To put it more bluntly, they went out on the court and absolutely took a shit. Sorry if that offends anyone, but that's what happened. I have to be real. They didn't come prepared to play. It was an embarrassment for Bucks Nation, plain and simple.

Am I overreacting? I don't think so. The Bucks are not 30 points worse than a Shaqless Heat. They simply are not. And the Heat without Shaq are not proficient enough offensively to shoot the +60% FG percentage they shot for most of last night. And when the Bucks are shooting 40% for the game at the same time, it tells me one team is competing and one is not. Its that simple. The Bucks gave no effort whatsoever on either the offensive end or the defensive end, and I'm disgusted by that. And I think its Stotts' fault. Can't the guy light a fire under anyone?

Did he have the Bucks ready to play last night? Consider the following. The team was down 50-25 at one point. They had only 37 at the half. Is that a team that came out ready to play?

41 Comments:

At January 31, 2007 at 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. Steve Blake leaves and suddenly starts playing some decent basketball... Bogut shows up when his mentor is around then stops playing when he disappears... Our team's only play revolves around a jump shot regardless of the situation... we don't play defense when everyone knows defense is simply applied with a bit of effort. It's time for Stotts to go.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 7:53 AM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

As Hulk Hogan would say "Amen, brother!"

 
At January 31, 2007 at 9:48 AM, Blogger Cheesehead Craig said...

When I checked in on the game last night it was in the 3rd and the Bucks were down by 80 or so. A little vomit came up and I quickly found something else to do.

I fully agree on Stotts. Amazing how people were willing to give him credit during the Bucks hot streak, but when things go bad, they are boistrously quiet.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 1:40 PM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

Its not that I think Stotts is a moron. At times he shows exceptional basketball intuition.

But he is not, and will never be, the kind of leader who, in a crisis, like the Bucks have been in for the last month, can deliver a sort of "These are the times that try men's souls.." type of speech to rev up the troops.

And it shows in the team's play. They never seem to display any mental toughness or fortitude when shorthanded or challenged and that is an indictment of Stotts.

I guess what I'm saying is that for a head coach, he's a helluva an assistant coach.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 2:11 PM, Anonymous nicebretly said...

The only hope right now for Bucks fans is that the team will pull one of those monumental turnarounds that happens when a new coach comes in mid-season.

Remember how hot the Nuggets got when Karl took over? The Heat went wild when Riley first returned too.

That said, can anybody out there think of a Karl or Riley caliber coach out there who's looking for a job?

 
At January 31, 2007 at 3:30 PM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

I don't think they can get an established name coach in midstream, but I like the direction of your thought.

What I would suggest, instead, and as I posted in November (and was suggested to me actually by the Mequon Diesel) is the Bucks promote assistant Larry Krystowiak.

You may laugh, but remember, before Karl was Karl he took over a floundering Cavalier team (in the 80s), and if memory serves, turned them around in midstream, though he was at the time nothing more than a CBA coach. And Krystowiak, though untested, might do the same for the Bucks.

Think about what they need: toughness, attitude, effort. These were all the calling cards of Krystowiak in his day.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 3:54 PM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

Let me amend my last comment.

Karl did not take over Cleveland in midseason. His first year with them he did take them to the playoffs, but with a sub500 record.

However, he took over a 20-20 Seattle team in 1991 and they went 27-15 the rest of the way and made the playoffs.

Oh, and I brutally misspelled Krystkowiak's name.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your memory is faulty, as Karl's rcord at Cleveland was worse than Stotts' here. Indeed it took Karl 4 years to reach .500.

By your reasoning Riley is also unworthy as the Bucks beat them by around 25 points on the Bucks' homecourt. And what about nelson with golden State last night? Should he also be reduced to an assistant? Such hysteria for one blowout. The simple point is that the Bucks had a very good December and injuries knowcked the wheels off. Losing does beget losing and some guys who were not here to play as many minutes have already seen the expected seasonal volume. Of course, scapegoating a coach, as you do here, is a time honored tradition in American sports, particularly for the pseudosophisticated.

Let's see how the Bucks respond when they are close to full strength (remember they haven't or will be a full strength this season, unless you believe that Markota is a resaonable replacement for Simmons).

Oh, the first comment giver--learn where the Bucks stand on points in the paint and their percentage of jump shots compared to their opponents before repeating the falsehood of jump shooting team in reference to this Bucks' team.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 6:58 PM, Blogger laserbomb said...

All right, Terry, I think it's a little presumptious to compare yourself to Riley or even Karl, but I'm sure you'll get your chance and doubt you'll get canned before almost all your guys (barring Simmons)are back.

So go ahead, turn it around. I won't even make fun of you that much for your great understanding of your team and every player on it (Markota is Simmons' number one replacement now? That explains why you haven't been playing him. Any chance The Waiter's still available for 20 minutes a game?)

Losing only begets losing if there are a bunch of losers around. I don't dislike you personally, Terry, I like you really and only want to see a winner.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, Stotts is going to take the time reading the garbage here.

I take it you have no real reply, leaving you to go into a fantasy world, lasybomb. Reading is fundamental, my freind, with more reading comprehension you'd see I only used the intitial premises and reapplied them to show how ridiculous those premises are.

And to deal with more of your confusion--if simmons were available, Markota would be in D league, at best. Was it really that hard?

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:35 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

Epi, just use your webname....we all know it's you over here....

The amazing thing is that I'm not sure Skyhook even posts on RealGM, yet using his regression analysis, even he's determined that Terry ain't the right guy for this team....

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Epi.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We miss you, Epi!!!

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:39 PM, Anonymous mpg said...

Stotts has no heart, no emotion. You can see it. It's not something you need to be there in the huddle to notice. You can see it on his face. He's a guy the players do not want to play for. They've given up on him. They quit.

After a blowout against Miami, you'd expect something a little better than a 25-point blowout from a team who looked worse than they did last night.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

defeated at RealGM, soon to be defeated here. You and Stotts are one in the same. Defeated wherever you go.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Stotts: popping Moet in the celebration of losses since 2006.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pop quiz hot shot.... when does the playoff race start?

That's right April.

-Terry Stotts (master motivator)

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will the Bucks play like this year?

"Well we'll play just like the Suns and just like the Spurs."

-TErry Stotts (master strategist)

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Epi, you are quite the spinner. Say goodbye to Milwaukee Terry don't let the door hit your dumbass on the way out.

P.S. Milwaukee won't miss you.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 8:54 PM, Anonymous The Ghost of Terry Stotts said...

I think we could've played better tonight, but the guys really kicked it up a notch in the second half and hopefully we can build some momentum going into the next game.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 9:22 PM, Anonymous Buck4Life said...

Its an EPIdemic!
Everyone is gettting STOTTSophillia!

Stotts is my IDOL! he'll lead us to Oden!

 
At January 31, 2007 at 9:40 PM, Blogger laserbomb said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're all from realgm.com one of the posters over there found this. We are 99.9% sure that the guy on here defending Stotts is one of his friends, his name on realgm was Epicurus.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Epi same old boring argument just a different place.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 9:48 PM, Anonymous MPG said...

i just read realgm.com posts but dont post myself because it would consume my life

 
At January 31, 2007 at 10:28 PM, Anonymous gapwatch said...

Kate Faber's gap is trashed!

 
At January 31, 2007 at 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Epi ask Terry how the hot seat feels. It must feel good during those cold Wisconsin nights.

 
At January 31, 2007 at 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Stotts haiku.

A complete failure
Head coach of Milwaukee Bucks
Fire him now Kohl

 
At January 31, 2007 at 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey where is Bigzy?

 
At February 1, 2007 at 1:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Epi I hope you still post on RealGM. I like your stats, and I respect your opinion.

 
At February 1, 2007 at 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't fire Stotts!

You still have a chance of landing Oden or Durant.

 
At February 1, 2007 at 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before Redd injury at the 34 game mark, he had played 80% of the available time. Since he has played zero; Williams during that period (between the 34 and 45 game) had played only 13.4%, whereas he played 71.8% for the first 34 games. Instead for 34-45, Ilyasova has played 47.3% of available time, in the previous 34 he played 15.9%. Noel doubled his time played percentage in the last 11 game period. ETC.

Now the reasonably intelligent can get what the above means; but for the cognitive impaired and the terminal scapegoaters, it means that a lot of playing time that was used by seasoned, proven, and highly capable players in the first 34 games of the season have been used in the last 11 games by unproven, unseasoned, 2nd round (and undrafted)players. We have seen the result not only in wiin/losses,but in shoting percentage and offensive efficiency. Surprise. To act like this is on the coaching and not player talent and experience is simply idiotic.

 
At February 1, 2007 at 12:33 PM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

I don't mind you guys using this site to wage vigorous debate. But lets back off the ad hominem attacks. If you don't agree with someone, state your argument, support it with your premises and see how many are persuaded. I don't see the purpose of attacking someone personally or calling into question his intelligence. If his/her argument is stupid, let it be seen as stupid and leave it at that.

 
At February 1, 2007 at 4:07 PM, Blogger Terry Stotts is Gay said...

WHAT IS GOING ON IN HERE?? EPI!?!! WOWO!!!

 
At February 1, 2007 at 4:13 PM, Blogger Terry Stotts is Gay said...

This is crazy

 
At February 1, 2007 at 4:14 PM, Blogger Terry Stotts is Gay said...

STOTTS TO BE FIRED ON VALENTINES DAY! RIGHT WHEN THE SENATOR GETS DONE WITH HIM!

 
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