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Old 01-28-2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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Default Next NBA Team To Move:Milwaukee Bucks

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John Hammond is one of the most positive, optimistic people I've met in the NBA. But I suspect even he must be cursing his luck these days.

Hammond, formerly vice president of basketball for the Pistons, is in his first season as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. Just as his team began to find a groove, leading scorer Michael Redd (torn knee ligaments) was lost for the season.

Hammond has to be wondering and worrying if Redd, 29, will regain his All-Star form. Redd was slow to round into shape this season after competing on Team USA in the Olympics last summer.

The injury has an economic impact, too:


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• The Bucks are tied into Redd for $35 million through 2011 -- $17 million next season and an $18.3 million player option for 2010-11. Any thought of trying to trade him, to get that salary off the books, is out the window for now.

• The Bucks have one playoff appearance in the past four seasons. From purely a money standpoint, they badly need to make the playoffs.

Garry D. Howard, sports editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, believes this injury might not only hasten the end of Redd's career, but it could force Bucks owner Sen. Herb Kohl to sell the franchise.

"(Redd) may not know it now, but that something different will be the way he plays the game of basketball, along with the fast-fading prospect that the Bucks will remain in the city of Milwaukee and the Bradley Center, an NBA arena that has long been past its prime," Howard wrote.

Howard said Kohl has spent more than a half-billion dollars on player contracts since 1994. And the franchise continues to lose millions each season. Kohl nearly sold the Bucks to a group headed by Michael Jordan a couple years ago but pulled out when it became clear they would move the franchise out of Milwaukee.

But with the Bradley Center half-full most nights and lacking in revenue-producing suites and other amenities, how long can Kohl hold on?

"Think about it," Howard wrote. "If you were a multimillionaire with clear fiduciary responsibilities, would you want to lose money on a multimillion-dollar deal? If you purchased the Bucks from Sen. Kohl, you would begin to lose money as soon as the ink was dry on the contract because the Bradley Center would continue to be an albatross around any new owner's neck."

Not good.

Nevertheless, Hammond is laying the foundation for an exciting, young team. He got a second-round steal in Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, he has a good mix of young and established players and has assets to work with in the trade and free-agent markets.
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...901280333/1127


Sounds like the makings of a Franchise in need of a "LeBron" type of marketable athlete that can get fans in the arena and make them competitive as a team and if they cant get that its time to sell and move them out of Milwaukee.


The Kansas City Bucks?
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:17 AM   #2
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the seattle bucks.
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the seattle bucks.
Hey, that's not bad. I actually like it.
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the seattle bucks.


seattle star bucks


i thought las vegas was next in line for an nba team
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i thought las vegas was next in line for an nba team
They don't have an Arena fit for a NBA Team to move to.

Of course there is Thomas & Mack Center but the Arena is 26 years old,almost as old as Bradley Center.


The Bucks won't move to Seattle;Their fanbase is not consistently dedicated,Key Arena is old,and it would cause for the NBA to restructure its divisions.
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Default Re: Next NBA Team To Move:Milwaukee Bucks

Forget moving. Teams need to fold. The NBA got too big for their britches, as we're wont to say around these parts, during the 90s heyday. They never, far as I can tell, had a plan of what to do once popularity started to wane. Just kept adding teams, diluting the product, and putting massive financial burdens on cities with publicly funded arenas. A team doesn't work in one marketplace, don't worry about why it isn't working, just move em to somewhere that'll pay.
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Forget moving. Teams need to fold. The NBA got too big for their britches, as we're wont to say around these parts, during the 90s heyday. They never, far as I can tell, had a plan of what to do once popularity started to wane. Just kept adding teams, diluting the product, and putting massive financial burdens on cities with publicly funded arenas. A team doesn't work in one marketplace, don't worry about why it isn't working, just move em to somewhere that'll pay.
Shut the **** up.

The product is as strong as it has ever been and the talent level is as good as it has ever been.

Every city appreciates their NBA team,but like it is for basketball,football,or any other sport and that is if you are winning more people will pay their money to watch you play.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:45 AM   #9
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the seattle bucks.

the city retained the rights to "supersonics"

any team in seattle would use our historical name



downtown freddie brown has been quietly working the back rooms for a privately financed arena

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Shut the **** up.

The product is as strong as it has ever been and the talent level is as good as it has ever been.

Every city appreciates their NBA team,but like it is for basketball,football,or any other sport and that is if you are winning more people will pay their money to watch you play.
Once they move to Canada, they'll have to change the name slightly.

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because of the starfu(ks layoffs, howard shultz's shine is dulling. for sonic fans it is already MUD
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Forget moving. Teams need to fold. The NBA got too big for their britches, as we're wont to say around these parts, during the 90s heyday. They never, far as I can tell, had a plan of what to do once popularity started to wane. Just kept adding teams, diluting the product, and putting massive financial burdens on cities with publicly funded arenas. A team doesn't work in one marketplace, don't worry about why it isn't working, just move em to somewhere that'll pay.

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The Tampa Bay Bucks.
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Shut the **** up.

The product is as strong as it has ever been and the talent level is as good as it has ever been.

Every city appreciates their NBA team,but like it is for basketball,football,or any other sport and that is if you are winning more people will pay their money to watch you play.

Sounds like denial to me...
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its pure speculation. its like me saying "the nets cant move to brooklyn, why would the owner keep them in new jersey they must be moving". there is not one thing in that article that is not speculation.
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