Marc Lasry Rumors
That is the NBA model nowadays. LeBron James created it and this summer Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler could all follow the same blueprint. Two years from now it will be Antetokounmpo’s turn to make the decision. Lasry, though, is confident that the Bucks and their franchise player are headed for a long-term relationship. “Giannis wants to win, we all want to win,” Lasry says. “He wants to be able to compete for a championship. As long as we stay competitive, I believe he’ll stay here. In fact, other free agents will want to come to Milwaukee to play with Giannis. “All Giannis wants is an opportunity to win. That what we all want.”
“Quite honestly, I’ve fired people in our organization because they can’t get excited about working for a franchise that has a brand new arena (the Fiserv Forum opened in downtown Milwaukee this season), a brand new practice facility, Giannis Antetokounmpo as a superstar, Mike Budenholzer as a head coach and the ownership that we have (Marc Lasry and Wes Edens led the group that bought the Bucks for $550 million in April 2014). And I say, ‘If you can’t get excited, and wake up in the morning to be part of that, then you don’t belong.’ That’s from a staffing perspective, and a player perspective, on down. That’s the culture. That’s the filter that we’ve tried to establish.”
Matt Velazquez: Talked with Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry a little before the Celebrity game here and all-star. Asked if he’s connecting with former Buck and today-teammate Ray Allen. Lasry joked(?) if Allen makes him MVP tonight he’ll have the Bucks sign him out of retirement.
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry has been fined $25,000 for his comments regarding Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, a source with knowledge told ESPN.
Davis, who requested to be traded from the Pelicans, listed Milwaukee as a preferred landing spot on his revised list of teams he would like to play for. “I saw that report, and I think it’s great,” Lasry told Sporting News. “It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win.” He continued: “We hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee.”
And when a report surfaced Monday that Anthony Davis would be willing sign a long-term deal with the Bucks — the Bucks! — if they could swing a deal for him, that amounted to the stamp of approval that every team is looking for, especially a small-market team with only one title in its history and no trips out of the first round of the playoffs since 2001. “I saw that report, and I think it’s great,” Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry told Sporting News near the Barclays Center court after his team shredded a depleted Nets club in Brooklyn. “It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win.