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"If the state comes in at $150 million, the deal is dead, and the Bucks will move," city alderman Bob Bauman told Milwaukee Magazine this week. The arena would be in his district. "The gap is too big." Meanwhile, a poll released this week by Marquette University Law School was bleak for the Bucks. Nearly 80 percent of the respondents didn't favor public funding for the arena even though the current plan includes no new taxes. In Milwaukee itself, 67 percent of those polled were against giving the Bucks public money. As for Walker, who is a strong supporter of the arena construction plan, his approval ratings have dropped over the past several months. As he's about to run for president, he now has a 41 percent approval rating in his home state. ESPN.com
Former Bucks center Larry Sanders was in Milwaukee this week and, according to some individuals close to him, he still doesn’t have any desire to play professional basketball again. The Bucks bought out the beleaguered center’s contract and will be paying him just under $3 million a year for the next seven years. Racine Journal-Times
If things weren't already bad enough for the Trail Blazers - they have lost seven of the past nine - the team arrived in Milwaukee early Saturday morning to a hotel that point guard Damian Lillard and center Robin Lopez swear is spooked. "Pfister hotel in Milwaukee is haunted ... idc (I don't care) what nobody say,'' Lillard tweeted Saturday morning. "It's true tho!!'' Lopez retorted. "Good thing I'm in tuned with the spirit world.'' Oregonian
The NBA Hall of Famer revisits his legendary role as Roger Murdock in the 1980 classic comedy in a new commercial for Travel Wisconsin. Abdul-Jabbar joins the film’s star Robert Hays and manages to pack a couple famous punchlines into the 30-second spot. The ad, which debuted Monday, coincided with Abdul-Jabbar’s appearance at the Milwaukee Bucks’ game versus the Utah Jazz. Abdul-Jabbar, the franchise’s leading scorer, waved to fans and told reporters that he would take advantage of any opportunities to join the team in some capacity. For The Win
He even said playing in a small-market city like Milwaukee, as opposed to a bigger one like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, has allowed him a better opportunity to get acclimated to life in the NBA. “It’s very nice city,” he said. “It’s a city that doesn’t have many things to disturb you. It’s a city where you need to practice hard. I’m very happy I’m in Milwaukee.” New York Post
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