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April 27, 2015 Updates

That arena deal is not yet in place, even though Bucks owners have promised $150 million and Kohl pledged $100 million, and they're counting on state, city and county government to contribute the remaining half for a $500 million downtown arena. But getting public funding for pro sports buildings is a drawn-out political process, difficult to navigate and not always popular. Team executives are more than hopeful a new arena will be built, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently said he is confident an arena deal will be reached. Last week, the Bucks released an artist's renderings of all-purpose arena in a new sports and entertainment district. No site has been chosen for the arena, but there is available land north of the Bradley Center. It's a logical location. USA Today Sports

The Bucks would like the funding package in place this summer and a shovel in the ground in September or October. Ownership has added local minority partners, and earlier this year the Bucks staff moved into new offices at Schlitz Park. It is a modern, wide-open office space to accommodate additional hires, adding new jobs mostly in ticket sales but also to marketing and communications departments. They are moving forward under the idea that a new arena will be built. USA Today Sports

April 26, 2015 Updates

The Bucks and the Bulls played a chippy, close Game 4 Saturday. The score was tied, 50-50, at the half — plus, the the Bucks were up 87-79 with under five minutes left, and the Bulls cut their lead cut down to a 90-90 tie. However, Milwaukee pulled it out at the last possible moment: Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless caught Derrick Rose off-guard in the paint and hit a buzzer-beating layup. For The Win

Improbably tied at 90 after the Bucks coughed up a six-point lead in the final 1:42, Rose had a chance to seize the series. He dribbled to the right, swerved and cut back to the middle, only to lose the ball yet again, the last of the Bulls' nightmare giveaways. "I felt like if I would've got a shot off that it was going to go in," he said dejectedly from the locker room. That set the stage for Bayless, who compounded the turnover into an even more costly mistake. "I put that all on me," Rose said. "I wasn't paying attention. I don't feel bad for myself, I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could've forced overtime. I messed things up, but I swear I'm good for it." USA Today Sports

The play worked just as it had been drawn up, which head coach Jason Kidd credits to Dudley as much as he does to Bayless. "Everybody talks about the shot, but it is the guy who throws the ball in that has to have the nerve to throw that pass," Kidd said. "Duds made a heck of a pass. Bayless did the important thing by putting it in, but I think he sold the cut very well on Rose." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Kidd signed a three-year, $15 million contract to coach the Bucks after spending just one season as Brooklyn's coach. Edens and Lasry made their pitch to Kidd last summer and it has turned into a fruitful partnership. "We intend to have Jason here for the long term," Edens said. "We're very happy with him. And I think he's happy with the situation he has here. "This is the beginning of a very successful chapter in his life, and we're really glad to be a part of it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 25, 2015 Updates

Bucks coaches and players were suitably impressed by their fans support. “I thought the fans were great,’’ Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “They were loud; they were loud the whole game.’’ Added Bucks forward John Henson: “They were great. I was pleasantly surprised.’’ Racine Journal-Times

April 24, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

There were rumors that Pachulia might be suspended for Game 3 but the league did not rule him out based on the incidents Monday. “I think there was a lot of speculation of what was going to take place, but nothing took place,” Kidd said. “I think the ruling comes from New York. From what they said, nothing was justified to be suspended. We’re lucky to have Z.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Negotiations are under way among the Milwaukee Bucks, city and state officials on how to pay for a $500 million new arena or face franchise relocation. The Bucks' current owners, Marc Lasry and Wes Edens, have committed $150 million, and the former owner, Herb Kohl, has committed $100 million. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a presidential hopeful, has proposed borrowing $220 million, but his party's legislature is fighting him on it and wants the state's contribution to be closer to $150 million. CBSSports.com

April 22, 2015 Updates

The Milwaukee Bucks and state and local officials did not reach a financing deal for a new $500 million arena during a closed-door meeting Wednesday in the state Capitol, though those who attended described it as productive and planned to meet again Thursday. The team, state and local leaders are trying to come up with a plan to split the costs of the new arena in downtown Milwaukee that would be put of a larger $1 billion entertainment district. Without a new stadium by 2017, the NBA has said it will buy back the team and relocate it. Those attending Wednesday's meeting included Bucks president Peter Feigin, Republican legislative leaders and Milwaukee officials. The discussions come as the Bucks are playing the Bulls in the NBA playoffs. Boston Herald

 

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