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March 18, 2014 Updates

Herb Kohl has repeatedly told me over the years he has absolutely no intention of selling the Milwaukee Bucks to anyone who wants to move it. He appears to be a man of his word. In the last week I’ve talked to some individuals who have been monitoring the Bucks’ impending sale and they claim Kohl has already rejected overtures from two groups interested in buying the Bucks and relocating them to another city. Keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee has always been paramount with Kohl, going back to 1985 when he purchased the franchise from Jim Fitzgerald. If Kohl, a lifelong NBA fan who frequently attended old Milwaukee Hawks games back in the ’50s, hadn’t decided to buy the Bucks then, they would have more than likely been sold and moved as Fitzgerald had other parties willing to pay even more than Kohl’s purchase price of $19 million. Racine Journal-Times

There was a perception then Kohl would remain the Bucks majority owner and the sale process could take up to a year. Now, that doesn’t appear to be the case. I’m hearing Kohl will likely give up total control of the franchise, although it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities the new ownership group would smartly retain him in some capacity, perhaps as the team’s “ambassador.” The people I spoke with contend the sale will probably occur sooner than later. In fact, I’ve been told a deal could be consummated by late April or early June. The Bucks, who have the worst record in the NBA and are already out of the playoff mix, will play their last game of the season April 16 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Racine Journal-Times

March 17, 2014 Updates

Yes, Giannis sold his PlayStation 4 to Bucks assistant coach Nick Van Exel for the retail price and waited the three months until, finally, his family arrived in the United States to indulge himself in a console again. There are reasons Giannis sets aside most of his $1.7 million rookie salary and tries to live on the $190 daily per diem – including the per diems his veteran teammates sympathetically pass his way. There are reasons those teammates furnished his apartment with hand-me-down furniture. Yes, there are reasons why Giannis, together with his 21-year-old brother, Thanasis, who plays for Delaware in the NBA Development League, sat paralyzed early this season in an upscale Philadelphia restaurant staring at the menus. Yahoo! Sports

To understand the reluctance of indulging into lives transformed, into the possibilities of excess when so recently there had been nothing, rewind to the years of the two older brothers – through a mother's illness, through a father fighting for steady work – refusing to come back home to a tiny abode near the Acropolis until they could bring groceries, bring back the dollars and coins to pay the power bill. "We would be out on the street together, selling a toy, a watch, something, and we raise $10," Thanasis says. "And that is good, because we didn't starve today. We're going to go home. We're going to have something to eat. And it is a good day." Yahoo! Sports

The sixth year pro says the combination of being included in trade rumors and the mounting losses was a personally frustrating situation to endure. Ilyasova says he’s glad the rumor period has passed and he’s looking forward to general manager John Hammond rebuilding a playoff caliber roster moving forward. “When you go through a season like this and your name comes up [in rumors] it is a little frustrating,” Ilyasova told Basketball Insiders. “But I still feel myself as part of this franchise. I’m hopeful we can find the right pieces for the team so we can play much better because we really need it. I want to be part of a playoff team and that’s what I’m looking forward to, [the franchise] building a better team – a playoff team. “It’s disappointing when you go through a season like this. Especially after last year when we made the playoffs and played against last year’s champions (Miami).” Basketball Insiders

March 16, 2014 Updates

The sixth year pro says the combination of being included in trade rumors and the mounting losses was a personally frustrating situation to endure. Ilyasova says he’s glad the rumor period has passed and he’s looking forward to general manager John Hammond rebuilding a playoff caliber roster moving forward. “When you go through a season like this and your name comes up [in rumors] it is a little frustrating,” Ilyasova told Basketball Insiders. “But I still feel myself as part of this franchise. I’m hopeful we can find the right pieces for the team so we can play much better because we really need it. I want to be part of a playoff team and that’s what I’m looking forward to, [the franchise] building a better team – a playoff team. “It’s disappointing when you go through a season like this. Especially after last year when we made the playoffs and played against last year’s champions (Miami).” Basketball Insiders

Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova says Adrien has earned his respect and wouldn’t mind seeing him around with the franchise long term. “He’s been playing really great,” Ilyasova told Basketball Insiders of Adrien. “He brings a lot of energy and effort to our team. Sometimes you go to a fresher place because of trades. Now we have a new addition, a new soldier to be involved. Now we have to get our confidence up, but he has fit into our team chemistry fine.” Basketball Insiders

Cleamons was leery of speaking at length about Jackson since he already has been linked to the Knicks. Cleamons played two seasons for legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman as a point guard from 1977-79 and was Jackson’s teammate. “Phil is bright. He understands the game. He’s going to put good people around him,’’ Cleamons said. “That’s my feeling. I know nothing else.’’ New York Post

Fittingly, Tony Mitchell's brief run in the NBA ended just as Alabama's basketball season ended just a few hundred yards away. The former Crimson Tide star's 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired after a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. They play in Phillips Arena, separated by a plaza from the Georgia Dome where Alabama lost to LSU in the SEC tournament. Mitchell didn't see much action in his brief stay in the big leagues. Birmingham News

March 15, 2014 Updates

Former Wolves guard Luke Ridnour played 14 minutes off the bench in his first game against his old mates since the Bobcats acquired him and his expiring contract from the woeful Bucks at the trade deadline. “I was glad to get out of Milwaukee,” said Ridnour, who played three seasons for the Wolves before he was traded to the Bucks last July. “It’s a good situation here. I’ve only played five, six games here so I’m trying to get used to it. It’s a good city and I’ve been in the playoffs before and just to be back in the hunt where every game is big, it’s just a lot different feeling. . ... This has been fun.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

For Sessions, who had a prominent role in Bobcats’ nightly rotation, news of the deal completely blindsided the veteran who fully believed he was safe in Charlotte. “To be honest the trade was kind of last minute,” Sessions told Basketball Insiders on being dealt to Milwaukee. “I didn’t really hear too much coming up to the trade deadline but as we got closer I started getting calls from my agent and hearing certain things were happening behind the scenes. But it’s one of those things in the league that when it happens, you got to pack up and be ready to move on to another team.” Basketball Insiders

March 14, 2014 Updates
THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
IN BUCKS HISTORY
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is No. 1 in a list filled with old-school players at the top.

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