Posted tagged ‘Milwaukee Bucks’

Donnie Dwyer CBS 58 Broadcast 4-2-12

April 3, 2012

CBS 58 Sports Intern Donnie Dwyer covers the highlights from Brewers Spring Training, Bucks win against the Wizards, the Admirals hockey brawl, and the Masters look ahead on our station. Check it out, it’s a good one.

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Photo Gallery: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns on February 7th 2012

February 9, 2012

Here is a gallery of my shots from the Bucks-Suns game at the Bradley Center using my Cannon Rebel Camera. It’s pretty awesome and the shots I got were a lot of fun to take. Hope you like them folks…

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Fear the Deer??? Maybe not in such a small market

April 9, 2011

Via ESPN’s J.A. Adande:

When John Hammond really gets going he talks as rapidly as an auctioneer. He’s at the podium and he’s cranked up right now. What he’s selling is the concept of the Milwaukee Bucks.

“We still like our team,” the Bucks’ general manager tells a group of season-ticket holders before a game at the Bradley Center. It’s been a season filled with injuries, yet Hammond continues to find reason to believe. The more he talks, the more animated he gets.

He starts describing how effective Corey Maggette is on isolation plays, then he drops into triple-threat position and imitates Maggette’s jab step.

Hammond’s a salesman, all right, but he’s also an honest man. He tells the truth about his product.

“We’re not built around a star, per se,” he says.

In other words, the Bucks aren’t championship contenders. Because in the NBA, championship teams are built around stars. And does anyone believe a marquee free agent will ever come to Milwaukee?

“I think it is feasible,” Hammond says in an interview later. “But more than likely, it’s probably going to come to us through the draft. Maybe we make a right move and hit the jackpot. It could maybe come through a trade … probably — honestly and realistically — less likely through free agency. But why not through the draft?”

It’s what they cling to, hoping that the draft can deliver once again the way it did in 1969, when the No. 1 overall pick brought them Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) fresh out of his dominant tour at UCLA. (The same draft also netted Bobby Dandridge, who went on to become a four-time All-Star.)

But the Abdul-Jabbar saga in Milwaukee is bittersweet. Yes, he commenced his run to the NBA all-time scoring record by averaging 28.8 points per game in his rookie season and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award three times with the Bucks. When Oscar Robertson arrived in a trade the next year they went on to win the championship. But Abdul-Jabbar also created the template for the migration of superstars from small markets. In 1975 he wanted to be in a bigger city, a more diverse city, a coastal city. He forced a trade that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers.

There are some mitigating factors. It didn’t drag out as long or as publicly as Carmelo Anthony‘s longing for a trade to New York. Abdul-Jabbar’s departure didn’t create as much lingering resentment as LeBron James leaving Cleveland.

“While it was painful at the time, in retrospect what I remember is the class and integrity that both the franchise and Kareem showed in arriving at a solution,” said Bucks vice president of business operations John Steinmiller, who has worked for the team in various capacities for 40 years.

And you won’t hear any anti-Kareem sentiment from longtime fan Doug Dorrow.

“He gave us a championship,” Dorrow said. “He got us to the Finals in 1974. We could’ve won that one, too. We were there for like five or six years with that guy.”

And while they never quite got “there” again, at least the players the Bucks received in the trade (Brian Winters, Elmore Smith and draft picks Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman) helped them stay on a tier just below the Celtics and 76ers in the Eastern Conference during the early 1980s.

But Abdul-Jabbar stays with the franchise as the standard of excellence and the example of exodus. None of the three subsequent No. 1 overall picks the Bucks have drafted — Kent Benson, Glenn Robinson and Andrew Bogut — produced at a Hall of Fame level from the outset. And if they do land another player as transcendent as Abdul-Jabbar there’s a nagging doubt that they can keep him.

“Milwaukee isn’t No. 1 on a lot of guys’ hit parades, OK?” Dorrow said.

“Maybe if a great player that we trade [for] comes in, we get him, he plays a couple of years here, but he’s from New York or the Philly area …

Dorrow shrugged, and offered a few understanding words.

“Heck, I came home after college,” he said. “It’s not for everybody.”

Believe it or not, Abdul-Jabbar also serves as an example for my belief that small markets should have the ability to overpay players. The only reason Kareem came to Milwaukee in the first place was because of money. He was also drafted by the New York Nets of the ABA, and the thought of playing within sight of the Manhattan skyline he grew up in appealed to him. But, surprisingly for an upstart league trying to snare talent from the established league, the Nets came in with a low offer, so Abdul-Jabbar chose the Bucks’ higher salary.

Now where’s the money going to come from? The Bucks remain at the absolute bottom of Forbes’ NBA franchise valuations, worth $258 million with annual revenues of $92 million, according to the magazine.

The Bucks’ arena, the Bradley Center, opened in 1988 — before the colossal, luxury-suite-laden modern NBA buildings. Steinmiller calls it a “middle-aged star.”

 “The bone structure’s fantastic,” he said. “But the revenue streams have changed.”

There’s no momentum for a new building, and Steinmiller isn’t waiting on another $90 million private donation similar to the one the state received from the Bradley family.

Steinmiller and Hammond cite the team’s high payroll (10th in the NBA at $69.7 million), despite its limited income, as evidence that owner Herb Kohl is committed to putting a winning team on the court. They’ll have payroll flexibility next year when Michael Redd‘s $18 million salary comes off their books. Hammond said he can get authorization to pay someone “an extraordinary number” if warranted. But who would take it?

“They’re never going to get a LeBron,” Bucks fan Joe Neuberger said. “Dwyane Wade went to school in town [at Marquette] and they’re never going to get him back. The one guy you’d think you’d have a chance at and you’re never going to get him back.”

Some teams merely have to wait for one of those players to arrive. Most, like Milwaukee, have to hope.

The harsh reality is, “They don’t have a shot to compete year-in and year-out,” Neuberger said. “In a given year they have a shot to compete, but not year in, year out.”

He hopes they can make a run once every three or four years.

“It turns out to be once every nine or 10 years,” he said.

Indeed, it’s been 10 seasons since the Bucks last made the Eastern Conference finals, and lost a Game 7 to the 76ers when Ray Allen‘s shot missed. Since then the Bucks haven’t advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.

So why does Neuberger keep his season tickets? His kids love coming to the games. He still enjoys the athleticism of the NBA. And let’s face it …

“You’re in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” Neuberger said. “You’re in the middle of winter. You come here on a Saturday night. Not a lot of options. I think that’s why people come here.”

And it doesn’t take a championship contender to get them in the building. That’s actually a hidden advantage to playing in a smaller market. In Los Angeles, the Lakers need to compete for a championship every year or they’ll quickly become an afterthought, no longer in favor with the in crowd.

“I think Milwaukee’s such a blue-collar town that they just want to see good, hard work,” season-ticket holder Dorrow said. “Trying all the time. Not giving up. If we get a 50-win season, man, we’re happy. We don’t need a championship; that’s icing on the cake for us. We just need a good, strong, competitive group that might stick around three-four years that we can relate to, that we can bond to.”

The Bucks turned last season’s playoff appearance into a 90 percent season-ticket renewal rate, in addition to about 2,000 new ticket packages, good enough to earn a commendation from the league. The Bucks are 22nd in attendance this season, averaging 15,303. You can still find large blocks of empty seats in the arena on a typical night. Most of the crowd’s enthusiasm comes from a rooting group Bogut started and funded known as Squad 6. Their cheers and taunts reverberate through the arena.

The Bucks try their best to involve and reward their fans. One promotion tries to turn the chilly weather into a benefit and sells selected tickets to an upcoming game based on the current temperature. On this night the chilly 16 degrees means $16 seats. Another promotion seems to summarize the plight of the team even as it attempts to create interest in the team. The winner of a contest gets a chance to see a Bucks game … in New York.

I feel bad for the Milwaukee Bucks. They are trying so hard to be competitive and win games for the present instead of the future or three years down the road. They locked up John Salmons last off-season and they were scared of losing Michael Redd back in the day, so they locked him up too and it has hurt them. Milwaukee Fans have to think, “Where is Brandon Jennings going after his contract is up?” Well let me just say that it is not Milwaukee. He is going to want to go to a bigger market with a better city and a better basketball team. You rarely see the Reggie Miller’s of the world or even the Durant’s of the world because they want to make superstar teams or try to make more money in a better town. That is why I respect those guys tremendously for their effort and love of the game of basketball and not the business that is the  NBA. Everyone knows that it is a big business and if the Bucks can’t even sell out a few games a season, then it is hard to keep your franchise competitive. I think the Milwaukee Bucks will be fine but I look more to the teams like the Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Minnesota Timberwolves of the world.  In the end, this gives every fan a reason to cheer on the small markets. They are not superstars, just a bunch of scrappy players playing to win championships not check books…

Carmelo Anthony says that the Knicks are going to have to wait till next year to compete

March 22, 2011

Via ESPN NewYork:

The words no Knicks fan wanted to hear came out of Carmelo Anthony‘s mouth during the last sentence he uttered Sunday afternoon before exiting into the cold, rainy grayness that ushered in the first day of spring in Wisconsin.

“It might take [until] next season,” Anthony said after the Knicks had their lowest-scoring quarter of the season — putting just nine points on the scoreboard over the first 12 minutes — in a 100-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that wrapped up what can best be called a lost weekend.

After noting that the core of the team has been together for only three weeks, Anthony was asked how close the team is to being on the same page.

“We’re almost there. If everybody gets 100 percent on the same page, it might take [until] next season,” Anthony said. “Right now, in this short period of time, we’ve got to come together as a unit and just check out what we’re going to do, and do it. As far as everybody jelling and the chemistry clicking to where we want it to be, it’s going to take some time.”

So there you have it, 15 games into the new era that began with an atmosphere of euphoria, the timeline for achieving success has been publicly adjusted by the player who is expected to take the Knicks to the next level.

Photo By John Angiolillo (UPI)

With the Knicks already knowing that they are headed to the playoffs — something they’ve known since the day the big trade went down — the urgency that would come with fighting for a playoff spot is just not present.

And as a result, the Knicks are not only unpredictable and inconsistent, they are flat.

“We’re a ways from where we need to be,” Chauncey Billups said. “We have got a ways to go on both ends getting familiar.”

If you ever wanted to see flatness manifest itself into a 12-minute window into the soul (or lack thereof) of a team, you’d need to look no further than the first quarter of this game.

The Knicks weren’t sloppy in that first period, committing just one turnover. They weren’t passive, outrebounding Milwaukee on the offensive boards 3-1. They just looked bad, missing 21 of 25 shots as they fell behind by 23 points to create a deep hole they had to spend the rest of the day digging out of.

Dig out they did, getting themselves back in contention before halftime and twice pulling within one point in the third quarter.

Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton are 10-4 since being traded to Denver.

But again they couldn’t get the stops they needed down the stretch (the Bucks scored on eight of their final nine possessions), again a referee’s discretion did not help them (Anthony was called for an offensive foul on a jump shot with 4:06 remaining, two days after he failed to get a whistle when Chris Wilcox of the Pistons appeared to foul him on a last-minute shot), and again they played down to the level of their opponent in dropping to 7-8 since the trade, remaining in seventh place in the East as they head into their first post-trade matchup with the Boston Celtics on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Chemistry is an issue. Cohesiveness is an issue. The center spot is a major issue, and the lack of any kind of reliable depth is an issue, too.

And then there is the issue of whether Anthony is refusing to buy into coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system, something Amare Stoudemire signaled was happening after Friday night’s loss at Detroit when Anthony bolted from the locker room and headed straight for the team bus without saying anything about his 0-for-5 fourth quarter and his 6-point performance.

“That was just one night, man. I don’t really focus on that night. It happened. Whatever happened, happened. Tonight, it is what it is,” Anthony said. “My thing is just to go out there and just really focus on trying to do what I have to do within the system, within the offense. And I never want guys on our team to feel like I’m going out of the system to get what I have to get, and do what I have to do. My thing is to focus on getting the system down pat. This is the system we’ll be running from here on out, and I just want to learn it and become great at it.”

The system produced three 20-point performances as Stoudemire scored 25, Anthony had 23 and Billups 21 before he fouled out, but the pace of play was again slower than the speed D’Antoni would prefer, and the inability to get a stop down the stretch was another chapter of a recurring theme.

“We’re frustrated with trying to finish games off and trying to win and all that, but I would think other than being frustrated, [the team’s morale] is good. We’re going to try to get this done,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll get it done, it’s just a matter of being calm and knowing our problems and working through.”

And what exactly was D’Antoni’s “it”?

The “it” he’s certain they’re going to get done?

“Playing well. That’s the it,” D’Antoni said. “It’s up and down, we’ve had some good games, we’ve hit a little stretch here where we’re pressing and not playing well.”

That about sums it up, and that is not the type of summation the Knicks wanted to have when they had a 15-game body of work behind them.

As Anthony said, it may take until next season.

That is not what he was saying when he arrived, but circumstances have forced him to temper his expectations.

At this point, merely playing a competitive series in the first round of the playoffs may be as good as it gets for these Knicks. But the possibility of it getting worse cannot be discounted, either. The final 13 games of the season will be telling.

Really Carmelo Anthony? This is what I ask myself every time I listen to a Carmelo Anthony press conference. All he has done since he has gotten to New York is complain and bash his own team in the media. To lose to Indiana twice, the Bucks, and now the Celtics after last night’s loss is completely depressing. I can’t take the losing anymore, let alone a guy saying they won’t be competitive till next year. Now my question is, “Is he giving up?” Cause honestly, it sure does look like that. He had a great game against Miami when he first got here but that is about all he has contributed to. He has not played defense, has not been a team player, and has not been able to bring the Knicks to victory. Notice how I keep mentioning the nots rather than the rights. As of right now the trade looks terrible because of the way Carmelo is responding to his team and the media. His former team, the Denver Nuggets are 10-4 in his absence. Says a lot about a certain superstar. But In the end, I hope he can get his act together and start caring about his team rather than the #7 on the back of his jersey…

Donnie Dwyer Telemundo 2/25/11

March 7, 2011

Here is a video of my Telemundo newscast on February 25th. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Donnie Dwyer on Telemundo

February 18, 2011

My first ever appearance on Telemundo in Milwaukee as a sports anchor. I will also be on tonight at 10. Check your local listings. Thanks fans…

Going to Knicks vs. Bucks game at the Bradley Center Tonight

November 9, 2010

Ahh, the life of a New York Knicks fan. Your teams are not that good. That is what I have been saying for years now but this years team actually looks like the real deal.

Game 1, my freshman year, the Knicks made trades to pick up Al Harrington, Cutino Mobley, and Tim Thomas so they played with only 7 men on the roster. There was also the whole controversy with Stephon “Starbury” Marbury and Mike D’Antoni regarding playing time. However, it did not matter in the game as they ended up losing 104-86. Chris Duhon led the team with 20 points and even Malik Rose and Anthony Roberson played. That just wasn’t good.

Then Game 2, my sophomore year it looked like the team might get a win with Gallinari and Lee at the helm in Milwaukee. Guess what happened? Loss number two. They lost 102-87.  Lee lead the team with 18 pts but also Larry Hughes was on the team then and he had 14 pts along with Wilson Chandler’s 1-10 night and Harrington’s 1-7. Gosh it was a blowout. The score was 40-22 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Now we go to Game 3 tonight, my junior year. This team is so much different. Got Felton at the point, much improved Chandler, Amare’ Stoudemire leading the team in virtually every category. This is why Knicks fans call him STAT. But let me just say, it will be a different game with a different result. The key though is to stop Bogut and Jennings. Point Guards have been killing the Knicks and if Jennings puts up a game like they did last year where he had 17 pts. It will not be a good night for the Knicks. But I am upbeat and ready to head to the Bradley Center for the contest.  Should be a good one.

My Prediction: Knicks win 100-97

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