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January 23, 2015 Updates

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is preparing to propose diverting revenue from taxes on NBA players for public funding of a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, sources close to the situation told the Milwaukee Business Journal. In June 2014 Walker said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal that he was studying the possibility of tapping NBA players' income tax for arena construction funding, a so-called "jock tax." Since then when asked about arena funding, Walker has said he can't make a decision until he sees the Bucks owners' plans. Business News

January 22, 2015 Updates
January 21, 2015 Updates

“I don’t think there is a hard definition of what a ‘draft bust’ is,” Alexander told Basketball Insiders. “Ultimately not being in the NBA is on me, but as far as ‘who is a bust?’ you have to look at Milwaukee and the management that drafted me. If you want to label anyone with the term ‘bust’ — it’s the Bucks. When Milwaukee drafted me, I was touted as a ‘project’ and someone with a lot of potential who could contribute had I learned to play the game. That’s what the Bucks told me. I needed time. I didn’t start playing basketball until I was 16 years old, but I was the most athletic guy in the entire draft. The Bucks knew that. Everyone understood this. I could’ve been drafted by any other team in the league and they would’ve given me time to develop." Basketball Insiders

“Obviously the No. 8 pick is expected to have an illustrious and longer NBA career than I’ve had, so that’s fine, but I think that Milwaukee should certainly share that [bust] label. They contributed heavily to it. Heavily. For the Bucks to pull the plug on me, I thought, was dramatically irresponsible on their part. What it did was label me as some sort of a problem player. It made everyone in the league look at me different when 12 months before any team would’ve died to have me.” Basketball Insiders

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reported over the weekend that the Bucks had not yet discussed a potential buyout with Sanders, but most league sources expect the discussion to eventually go that direction. Grantland

Milwaukee has a clean cap sheet going forward and no plans to rush its rebuild with a mega–free agency signing. Is the savings it might net in a buyout, plus lifting the Sanders pall from the locker room, worth the risk he might eventually thrive on another team? Maybe it is. The situation may well be worse than we realize. Grantland

January 20, 2015 Updates

Kenyon Martin signed his second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, but league sources tell RealGM that he's already agreed in principle on a deal for the remainder of the season. Martin is poised to sign that deal when his second 10-day deal expires. RealGM

NBA: What are your impressions of him? HAKEEM OLAJUWON: I'm not really surprised to see him do well in the NBA – he will do much better with time and confidence. Confidence means a lot. Skills, as with maturity, will come, but that confidence level to express himself without fear -- to experiment new moves or things that you are comfortable to do, but in game situation and hold back -- that confidence level takes time. First of all it's from coaching or from within. Sometimes the coach will want to limit your ability: "just do this, just do this." But you know you can do much more, but don't do much more, just do what you're asked – so you need to fight to express yourself. Then (you) gain the coaches' trust to be more comfortable, give more responsibility – then you have freedom, when you get to the point of (having) freedom, then the coach (will) trust your judgment, then you can play freely, then you can really excel to the next level. NBA.com

HAKEEM OLAJUWON: He has the potential – the question is how to reach that potential. That's exactly my point, meaning the skills are there, the talent is already there. But the confidence is still mediocre, meaning "I'm already in the NBA and there are great players, but I want to dominate." He has the potential to dominate in his position – so he needs to raise the bar. NBA.com

January 19, 2015 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN BUCKS HISTORY

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is No. 1 in a list filled with old-school players at the top.

   

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