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New Coach...New Arena?

by Tom King

The Milwaukee Bucks introduced their new coach yesterday. Larry Drew met with reporters in Milwaukee along with his wife, kids and an uncle who has lived in Milwaukee for 40 years. Drew is a former NBA player and as coach of the Atlanta Hawks, led his team to the playoffs the last three years. Atlanta decided not to renew his contract so the Bucks swooped in and grabbed a guy who is known for having a good relationship with his players. Drew like the pieces the bucks possess including John Henson who came to town for the new coaches press conference. It will interesting to see how the team decides to deal with the unsigned players and free agents especially in the backcourt.

Now, the other item on yesterdays press conference agenda were the comments by owner Herb Kohl about a new arena in Milwaukee. Kohl said "We know we have to find a way to a new facility and we will. the question is when and how". Kohl has pledged a large amount of his personal fortune for a new building and said it involves more than just the future of the Bucks. He said "Milwaukee and Wisconsin need a 21st century sports& entertainment complex"

I'm pretty sure that Kohl will not get much enthusiasm for much public funding of a new place, especially outside of the Milwaukee area. The Bucks, except for a few hardcore hoops fans, are not viewed as a state-wide team. Certainly not like the Packers, Brewers and Badgers. There are other markets where the crowds are big even for a losing team...Sacramento & Golden State spring to mind. The Bucks are a big part of the Milwaukee fabric but don't draw nearly enough to support a new building although its clear that the Bradley Center is deficit in many areas. Would a new arena bring in more people...maybe at first...but it's no secret that you draw big crowds by winning...and by winning I don't mean barely making the playoffs every year...I mean going deep in the playoffs and maybe contending for championships someday. Can a team like the Bucks do that?..sure ...with the right combination of players and a coach that knows how to use the talent he has...will that happen soon? That is the multi-million dollar question.

The Brewers have decided they cant wait any more. They promoted Scooter Gennett from AAA Nashville and traded for a 1B-3B named Juan Fransisco. Will these moves make the difference? Of course not...until they get their sorry starting pitching fixed not much will improve...and I'm not sure there are enough moves to be made to make that happen.

I'll be in the booth with Jim Sannes tonight and tomorrow night as the Woodchucks host Battle Creek. You can catch all the action on Foxsports1390 & FM 93.9 at 6:15.

Songs of The Day   (from my I-Pod)

Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me-Juice Newton (1982) almost a perfect pop hit combining country and pop and a nice little guitar break

Love's In Need Of Love Today-Joan Osborne (2002) from her excellent  "How Sweet It Is" CD...a disc full of great covers of classic R & B songs. This was originally done by Stevie Wonder and if you close your eyes you can hear him in this rendition. She's going to be doing a concert in August at Big Top Chatauqua in Bayfield