The Bucks aren't a product... and other thoughts
I don't rip the Senator often because, well, if he wasn't around the Bucks wouldn't be either. But some of the things I'm hearing bother me:
1. He constantly refers to the Bucks as a "product", and fans as "customers". He says the organizations number one goal is to "put on a good product." Does he get it?
The Bucks aren't like some circus act or broadway play. They aren't a "product". They are a competitive basketball team. Therefore, the number one goal of the organization should be winning championships. To me, the goal of simply putting on a good product means the organization is willing to settle for "okay" teams as long as people are attending games.
Also, it implies that Kohl is more concerned about the aesthetic appeal of the team than doing what it takes to win games. If that's true he should look into buying the Harlem Globetrotters and selling the Bucks. Which leads into my second point:
2. He CANNOT be making, suggesting, implying or otherwise concerning himself with strategic basketball decisions.
The thing that really frightened me yesterday was when I read Gary Woefel's piece from some time ago that suggested that Coach K came into the season wanting to run the triangle and the Senator said he couldn't.
Now I don't give a crap what offense the team runs, but that call must belong to the basketball folk.
What's next, the Senator is going to ban jump shots, because the "customers" prefer dunks? I mean, really. That is scary.
3. He can't be mistreating loyal employees the way he mistreated Harris
If reports are correct, the Senator just sort of let Larry Harris play make-believe GM all season. He was like Lyold Braun in Costanza's computer company... he looked busy but his phone was never plugged in.
Harris would effort trades, the Senator would nix them. I'm sure that made Harris look great in front of his colleagues and subordinates... his authority completely undermined. You just can't be embarrassing people like that. Especially people who have been with the team for 20 odd years.
It sounds like the move was made yesterday primarily because Harris had enough of the whole charade. Good for him.