Bucks great and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent two event-filled days in Milwaukee last week. On Friday, May 13, Kareem participated in a Bucks tailgate party at Miller Park for a select group of Bucks season ticket holders. He shared his thoughts on today's game, reflected on his time in Milwaukee, the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Championship and shared with fans some insight on his movie making talents.
On Saturday, May 14, Kareem held a special screening for his new movie, On the Shoulders of Giants. The movie documents the early days of professional basketball and tells the story of the best basketball team you've never heard of, a team that broke the color line in the sport of basketball. About the Film | Kareem's website
Saturday night Kareem was the keynote speaker at the Heritage and Hope celebration at the Pfister Hotel. Kareem appeared on behalf of Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin and is dealing with chronic myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer.
"My health is great. I'm in total remission," said Kareem. "Without advances in medical research, I would've only had 3-5 years to live. Something else is going to have to get me. I'm going to be around to annoy you guys a little while longer."
Bucks Draft prospect options
Sunday, 12 June 2011 23:57 | Written by Chris Carter
Areas Of Strength: Milwaukee is strong where it said to matter most: In the middle and at the point, with Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings locked and loaded. Defense is not the problem for the Bucks, with coach Scott Skiles grabbing and holding their attention at that end. Mbah a Moute is especially helpful there with his ability to guard three or four spots.
Needs Work: One of the Bucks' most glaring deficiencies was the lack of an alpha dog in the locker room and on the court. The two guys who ought to fill that role, Bogut and Jennings, don't have the personalities for it, either yet or ever. That's an issue because the other starters and rotation guys (John Salmons, Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova) are go-along, get-along types. Oh, and Milwaukee needs scoring.
Two Stats That Matter: 277 -- Games lost to injuries by various Bucks players. Coach Scott Skiles was still pining in March for just one practice with a healthy roster.
62 -- Times Milwaukee held its opponents below 100 points, second-most such performances in the NBA. The Bucks held the other team below 90 points on 30 occasions.
The Way To Go: The Bucks need more offensive punch from their off-guard and forward positions. One player penciled in for them in a lot of early mock drafts is Alec Burks, a 6-foot-6 scoring guard from Colorado. Another name tossed out has been Tristan Thompson, a lanky forward from Texas.
2010-11 Team Stats: Offensive: 99.0 (30) Defensive: 99.9 (4)
Under Contract: G: Brandon Jennings G: Keyon Dooling G: John Salmons F: Carlos Delfino F: Drew Gooden F: Ersan Ilyasova F: Corey Maggette F: Larry Sanders F/C: John Brockman C: Andrew Bogut
Free Agents: G: Michael Redd G: Earl Boykins G/F: Chris Douglas-Roberts (restricted) F: Luc Mbah a Moute
Crime And Punishment
Thursday, 26 May 2011 20:25 | Written by Cody Steger
This is a story about two men who took a sport and made it into their own at a very young age. With fame came more fame and admiration throughout society. They lived a life where nothing would be able to go wrong and get in their way. But tragically, tribulation took over to haunt these men that most children look up to. Through a sex scandal and a decision, reputations were tarnished. Yet, since these fiascos, society has seemed to give a free pass to one of these men, while the other waits as the villain.
A high-school phenom entered the rings of the NBA at the age of 18 with an enormous chip on his shoulder by being crowned the next Michael Jordan without hesitation. Out of Akron, Ohio, rose this man among boys geared to make the city of Cleveland become relevant in sports once again. The city of terror and torture with the loveable losers of the Browns and Indians came about a team with a new identity aimed for greatest. And there stood the 6’8” frame of a king, LeBron James.
During his rookie season, he went a list that only legends Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan are on. James averaged 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists a game as a kid still in his late-teens. His claim to fame in Cleveland rose each season to new heights, as he quickly became a superstar in a celebrity-ridden league. After seeing LeBron in his first appearance in Milwaukee that first winter, I saw something that I have never seen before. James had the ability to control the entire arena and make it his own. He was Napoleon conquering the whole NBA.
Years past and titles still slipped through the hand of James and his beloved Cavaliers. Finally, this past summer, LeBron made a decision to leave Cleveland for South Beach on national television. The special that aired on ESPN infuriated not only the city of Cleveland, but also the entire nation for his charades of public display. The admired LeBron James turned from the superhero into the villain.
We seem to be harder on LeBron with his fiasco with the decision than we are of Tiger Woods and his scandal, among other outrageous behaviors of athletes.
When Woods withdrew himself from his last PGA Tournament, it was all whispers and jeers about Tiger’s return to the course after his knee and his reformation of his swing. There was zero mention of one of the biggest scandals in sports history.
Woods entered the scene of professional golf in 1996 after signing a huge deal with Nike. His first event, the Greater Milwaukee Open, opened up doors for him to succeed early, and Tiger did just that. He won the biggest event in golf, The Masters, in only his second season and became the face of the sport right after.
There has arguably been nobody that has controlled the entire sports at his whim like Tiger Woods. People have watched golf on television and took the trip to golf courses just to watch Tiger play the game. When Woods first got injured and tore his ACL at the 2008 U.S. Open, the game of golf cringed in fear that ratings and popularity would sink drastically without the face. They were not prepared for what was next.
Once the first tabloid was published defacing the name of Tiger, more quickly followed. It was known that he had multiple affairs with his wife Elin Nordegren. The one-time beloved hero of many became a disappointment. Finally, after almost two years of rebuilding his reputation, Tiger has been able to come back onto the golf course without much controversy.
The only argument to say that LeBron caused the biggest commotion is that he killed the spirits of an entire city that glorified like a god. But didn’t Tiger betray the entire sport of golf. Yet, now golf says it is okay to love the most powerful man in the history of the sport, and basketball has agreed that hating LeBron is actually a good thing for the sport.
The NBA community has been able to look past other fiascos like Kobe Bryant’s alleged sexual assault and Ron Artest’s melee at Auburn Hills. Kobe has risen once again to become one of the most popular men in basketball history. Artest has been able to not just hold up a NBA Championship, but also this past season’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for all his hard charitable work.
The positive thing with LeBron James is that his has bit his lip this season knowing that the way that his decision was announced was in bad taste and sucked up to admit the role of the villain in basketball.
Kids are still able to adore James just as children should adore Tiger, Kobe, and others. In time, LeBron will be forgiven. He flaunted while the others hid in shame. But, people are similar to LeBron because they are willing to sacrifice for a greater opportunity. What we aren’t noticing is that we would have done the same thing with our own selfishness just as James did this past summer. We just don’t want to admit that we are all selfish. The Tiger situation is something that people can only dream of…to be perfect your entire life and then have the world to find out that your only problem is a petty sex addiction.
Milwaukee Bucks Pick up Carlos Delfino's Option
Monday, 23 May 2011 00:02 | Written by Zach Herring
In his second season with Milwaukee, Delfino averaged a career high 11.5 points per game. He also led the Bucks in three-pointers with 105, even though he missed 33 games with a concussion.
As the Bucks' best shooter this past season and also being consistent on the defensive end, this deal was a must for the Bucks. Coach Skiles was always very confident with Delfino as a shooter and it paid off. Delfino had two 30-plus point games in March.
Delfino should return as the starting small forward and hopefully the Bucks can look to draft a talented player in order to make a playoff push for the 2011-2012 season.
Bucks Looking to Trade Brandon Jennings, Targeting Jimmer Fredette?
Sunday, 22 May 2011 20:38 | Written by Andy Bailey
Despite showing some promise in two years as Milwaukee's starting point guard, Brandon Jennings may be available this offseason.
At least that's what the Cleveland Plains Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer has reported.
She said it was a rumor circulating among those attending this year's NBA draft combine.
The Bucks were a pleasant surprise during Jennings' rookie season, but were one of the most disappointing teams in the league this past year.
Many thought they might take a step forward and become one of the top five or six teams in the East. Instead, they missed the playoffs altogether.
Jennings' shooting percentage has been a big issue during his two seasons in the NBA (38 percent from the field). However, if he's available, there would certainly be some interested teams.
Despite his poor shooting, he's shown promise by averaging around 16 points and five assists a game.
One team that I think would almost certainly be interested is the Los Angeles Lakers (among others). They desperately need an upgrade over Derek Fisher, and Jennings could be a building block for the future.
Perhaps more interesting than where Jennings would land is the question of how Milwaukee would replace their starting point guard.
Former BYU superstar Jimmer Fredette may be a great pick for the Bucks in this year's draft (they have the 10th overall pick),
Milwaukee was among the teams who interviewedJimmer this past weekend at the NBA draft combine.
Multiple reports have been suggesting for the last couple days that Jimmer interviewed better than any other prospect attending the combine.
Is it possible that Jimmer impressed the Bucks to the point that they'd be willing to trade Jennings?
It would be interesting to replace Jennings with Jimmer since there are a lot of similarities between their games (and Jennings is actually younger).
But if Milwaukee could get a good player or even a couple decent players in exchange for Jennings, it might make sense.
That is, assuming Jimmer will still be available when that 10th pick rolls around...