Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee Bucks’

Enes Kanter was just having a little fun when he tweeted, and then promptly deleted a deer emoji this summer prior to opting in to his contract with the New York Knicks.

“You gotta mess with the media a little,” Kanter said to ESPN’s Royce Young. “Because I know I was not going to go to the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s the Milwaukee Bucks. Unless they give you good, good money, then go, but you don’t leave New York for Milwaukee.”

Reports had circulated in the weeks following the conclusion of the NBA Finals that the Bucks were one of several teams eyeing Kanter’s services.

The 26-year-old ultimately picked up his 2018-19 player option worth $18.9 million – a decision he didn’t know he was going to make until the very last day.

“I swear. The night before I went to my friend’s house, I ate dinner and I was coming back to my house in an Uber and I was so bored. So I posted the deer emoji, and five minutes later I deleted it. On purpose,” Kanter said.

“So everybody was talking about it. I was like, ‘This is going viral, this is crazy.'”

Kanter averaged a double-double of 14.1 points and 11 rebounds on 59.2 percent shooting for the 29-win Knicks last season.

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The NBA’s slate of Christmas Day games this season will reportedly include an Eastern Conference playoff rematch and the King donning new colors to square off with his fiercest rivals once again.

On Dec. 25, the Boston Celtics will battle the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden, and LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers visit the Bay Area to take on the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, league sources told the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

The Portland Trail Blazers will also hit the road to face the Utah Jazz, and the Houston Rockets will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Tim MacMahon.

The league will release its national television schedule for Christmas, the first week of the 2018-19 regular season, and Martin Luther King Day on Wednesday.

Boston had Philadelphia’s number in the second round, taking their best-of-seven series in five games before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.

New York has played a league-record 52 times on Christmas, with an overall mark of 22-30 (.423). It was in 1977 when Milwaukee last took the floor on Dec. 25 – the longest gap of any team to have played at least once on the holiday.

The Trail Blazers haven’t competed on Christmas since 2010 in a losing effort to the Warriors, while Utah has been held out since 1997.

The Rockets-Thunder matchup is a rematch from last year’s slate, which Oklahoma City took at Chesapeake Energy Arena by five points. Carmelo Anthony switches sides this time around, as the 10-time All-Star reportedly came to a verbal agreement to sign with Houston on Tuesday.

While with Cleveland last season, James came out on the losing end against Golden State in the Finals for the third time in four tries, this time via a clean sweep. 2018 would mark the fourth campaign in a row that a James-led squad will face the Warriors on Dec. 25.

The Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies are the only franchises that have yet to play on Christmas.

The Milwaukee Bucks and financial tech services company Fiserv announced Thursday that the new home of the team will be named the Fiserv Forum.

With the arena nearing completion, the Bucks are slated to move into the $534-million facility this coming season.

The Bucks have played at the neighboring BMO Harris Bradley Center since 1988.

With the No. 17 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks have selected Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo.

He capped off a strong season as the Wildcats’ sixth man by capturing Most Outstanding Player honors in the Final Four, scoring 31 points in Villanova’s national championship game against Michigan.

DiVincenzo finished third on the team in points per game (13.4) and drilled 40.1 percent from three on 5.3 attempts per game. His draft stock skyrocketed thanks to his strong tournament performance and his combine numbers showed off his athleticism, as he finished with the best standing and max vertical leap in the entire class.

Donte DiVincenzo bio

Position: SG
School: Villanova
College Experience: Sophomore
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 200 lbs
Wingspan: 6-foot-6
Max vertical: 42 inches

What the analysts are saying

  • “DiVincenzo put himself firmly on the NBA map with a memorable performance in the NCAA tournament championship game, and then continued his strong play at the combine. He’s a versatile guard who brings toughness and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor, as well as deep range from beyond the arc. The fact that he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be successful is attractive on a roster with quite a bit of playmaking prowess already in place.” – Jonathan Givony, ESPN
  • “While there’s always some caution warranted with guys who drastically improve their standing through the NCAA tournament, his combine performance fortified the strong impression he left this season. DiVincenzo has impressive functional athleticism, good defensive instincts, and is an outstanding rebounder for his position. If he shoots the ball a bit more consistently, he could be more than just a role player.” – Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated

The Milwaukee Bucks made it official Thursday, naming Mike Budenholzer as their next head coach.

The news first broke Wednesday, hours after it was reported that the former Atlanta Hawks bench boss had breakfast with franchise players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

Budenholzer will sign a four-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“His leadership, basketball intellect, championship-level experience and communication skills make him the right fit to take our team to the next level,” Bucks GM Jon Horst said.

Budenholzer coached the Hawks for five seasons, racking up a 213-197 record. He was largely credited with Atlanta’s East-best 60-22 record in 2014-15, taking a mostly veteran team to the conference finals.

A Gregg Popovich disciple, Budenholzer was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs from 1996-2013.

Following three underachieving seasons under Jason Kidd, the Bucks represent a coveted opportunity, with Antetokounmpo under contract until 2021.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is cementing his status as a living legend in Wisconsin, one step at a time.

During their playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucksannounced Rodgers as a part-owner of the franchise as the 34-year-old sat in attendance alongside auto racing star Danica Patrick and Bucks co-owner Wes Edens. Rodgers was officially announced as a “limited partner”.

Edens headlines an ownership group that also includes billionaire investors Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan.

Rodgers has cultivated his status as a local icon since being drafted by the Packers in 2005, winning two MVP awards and helping to steer the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2010.

Giannis Antetokounmpo may not be the actual front-runner for Most Valuable Player, but he leads the race in his own mind.

The Milwaukee Bucks phenom was one of the early favorites to hoist the Maurice Podoloff Trophy at season’s end, as he was posting 37.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.5 blocks while shooting a glistening 60 percent through the first 10 games of the campaign.

While his numbers have fallen back to earth since then, he remains one of the best players in the game.

“I still am,” Antetokounmpo told Bleacher Report’s Will Gottlieb when asked if he’s the MVP favorite, and then hedged.

“I’m one of the best players in the league. We’re going to the playoffs. I’m still in the discussion. I might not be the favorite anymore, but I’m still in the discussion. That’s how I feel.”

The athletic forward, who has started in back-to-back All-Star Games, leads the Bucks with 27.3 points on 53.7 percent shooting, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Ranking in the top 10 in points, rebounds, blocks, minutes, PER, win shares, VORP, and usage percentage, there’s no question The Greek Freak is one of the most impactful players in the league.

When Antetokounmpo is on the court, Milwaukee has a plus-4.6 net rating and when he sits, the figure drops to minus-8.4. That swing of 13 points per 100 possessions is one of the largest in the league, which helps his case, but hasn’t been enough to lift the Bucks to the upper echelon of the NBA.

The team sits eighth in the Eastern Conference with just seven regular-season games remaining. Their standing serves as a big reason why their superstar is getting less MVP love than someone like James Harden, who has led the Houston Rockets to the league’s top record and is widely considered the MVP front-runner.

So perhaps this isn’t Antetokounmpo’s year, and at 23 years old, that’s OK. He figures to be in the conversation for many more years to come.