Bucks Diary

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Bucks face a difficult dilemma

One of my favorite shows on cable is called I Shouldn't Be Alive. It tells, essentially, stories about people who have miraculously survived life threatening situations.

One episode featured three shipwreck survivors adrift in a raft. After a few days at sea, the survivors could see land, but it was a great distance off. Weakened from thirst, hunger, and the sun, they all faced a harrowing choice. They could either do nothing and hope their raft would be spotted before they died, or they could make a swim for land. Two guys decided to wait, one guy swam. The swimmer figured if he was going to go down, he was going to go down fighting. He could see land and, being young and an accomplished swimmer, he felt he could make it. He drowned about 3/4s of a mile from shore. The other two ultimately ended up with heat stroke, body sores, severe dehydration, and their lives.

In a strictly metaphorical sense, the Bucks face a similar dilemma. Playing much better basketball, and with a favorable schedule forthcoming, they could be tempted to make a run for the play-offs. After all, it seems reasonably within their grasp; They are only 7 games back from the 8th playoff spot in a weak Eastern Conference.

But they're looking at fool's gold. Their odds of getting to the playoffs are calculated at less than 1/4 of 1%. They'll never make it. As hard as it is to say, the best thing for the Bucks right now would be another rash of minor injuries that would force them to sit tight in their rafts and wait and pray that Greg Oden will come their way.

Charlie Good

I've been critical of Charlie Villanueva from time to time this season. I am never absolutely certain that he is getting everything out of his God given abilities.

But there is one thing I am pretty certain about him. He's a decent Joe. If you have your doubts, read this article.

Photo Credit: AP/Darren Hauck


At February 28, 2007 at 9:00 PM, Anonymous Chuck said...

I see your point in Redd, but he is not the problem. he could have been part of the solution, but not a liability. Bogut, Simmons, and Chuck V are the issues. This would be a good time to revisit the TJ Ford decision

At February 28, 2007 at 10:48 PM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Good idea. I'll do that before the Friday game.

At February 28, 2007 at 11:08 PM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

BTW, I'm not saying Redd is the problem, or even a problem. My criticism of him, if you can call it that, is strictly a money issue. I'm saying he's not worth the investment. He has to do more to justify that cap number.

On the other three, I agree with two of them: Bogut and Simmons. Those two are never going to get it done. But Villanueva has a higher ceiling. If he could just get an attitude adjustment he might reach it.

At February 28, 2007 at 11:11 PM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Did you notice the Raptors benched TJ in favor of Jose Calderon? Interesting. Calderon's pretty sweet, I will admit. I'm sure that doesn't make TJ happy, though.


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