Poor Jabari Parker. He’s got to be part of a Milwaukee Bucks franchise that is a professional sports team in name only. Herb Kohl is lobbying hard to get a new arena, even playing the “if you don’t give us a new arena, we’ll leave for some other city that will” card. However, the good people of Brew town don’t seem to care so much about his threats. Or about attending Milwaukee Bucks games it seems.Follow paulmbanks
Welcome to the August 1st, 2014 edition of “The Cuttys,” or the Jay Cutler DON’T CARE awards. They honor, as one Facebook commenter put it:
“all the non-news that’s fit to delete.”
Or more literally: “all the terrible attempts at creating news, that I instantly deleted upon seeing it in my inbox.”
All media members receive dozens of press releases and story pitches from publicists, Sports Information Departments, Media Relations and PR people every week. These were the most utterly asinine and completely worthless among the 100-150 or so that I received per week.
And as always, in case you missed it, here’s how these awards got named.Follow paulmbanks
Jason Kidd forced a coup with the Milwaukee Bucks that resulted in the dismissal of then incumbent Head Coach Larry Drew. The whole saga reflected poorly on Kidd, as his actions were extremely frowned upon in the NBA coaching fraternity. It also was a black eye for the Bucks organization, who gave us all the corporate spin you would expect when hiring someone with a past as checkered as Kidd’s.
But that’s the beer stein half-empty view of Milwaukee leadership upheaval. You can can also take the Milwaukee’s beer stein is half-full approach. Kidd does add a big brand name to a franchise desperately in need of relevancy and star power.Follow paulmbanks
The Milwaukee Bucks traded away two future second-round draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets in order to acquire Jason Kidd and named him as their next head coach. The 41 – year old Kidd will now have a chance to take this young team by the hand and lead it to a playoff course next season. So, why Kidd’s hiring is something Bucks fans should feel good about? Here are the top 5 reasons. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
Since Saturday night “the internets” has been blowing up about what a horrible person Jason Kidd seems to be. And I don’t mean just your typical slappy on social media, but genuine NBA journalists and columnists have been reminding, in great detail how Jason Kidd is a total snake in the grass.
But ICYMI, let’s review:Follow paulmbanks
The Jason Kidd deal is official. The Milwaukee Bucks just sent out a press release announcing the dismissal of Larry Drew. The entire release is below, and it makes no mention of Jason Kidd. (only because they can’t until he’s under contract, but obviously we all know the news by now)Follow paulmbanks
Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class. Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.Follow paulmbanks
The 2014 NBA Draft is over so let’s hand out some grades. As always, there are initial winners and losers but the true reveal will come years down the road when we see what type of players these guys develop into. Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades from the Eastern Conference teams who owned the first four picks of the draft. Click here for my pick-by-pick NBA Draft grades. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account. The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.
So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft. UPDATED: 6:00 PM CSTFollow paulmbanks