John Hammond hired as new Bucks GM

Former Pistons VP John Hammond is officially the new Milwaukee Bucks GM.  It’s a pretty surprising move really, as it almost seems a sign that Herb Kohl is attempting to take the team seriously again.  It’s been noted in the past that Hammond has really been the guy calling the shots in Detroit over the years (Dumars has the final say, but Hammond creates the game plan).  That said, Hammond created the kind of team that I’ve always wanted Milwaukee to be, and not just the kind that wins.  The Pistons have been all about teamwork, defense, toughness and attitude. 

The next few months will be very exciting.  If Kohl gives considerable power to his new general manager, there should be some sweeping changes.  The first stop will be with the coach.  Rumor already has it that Rick Carlisle is going to be sought for the soon to be vaccancy.  Next comes the players.  You have to wonder who would be worth keeping on the team.  It could be a player or two being added/subtracted along with some better coaching.  It could be a near complete overhall.  I don’t want to make too many predictions this early, but I probably wouldn’t recomend buying anybody’s jersey just yet. 

Either way, call me a bandwagon jumper all you want, but I’m already signing up as one of the countless people who are actually looking forward to a Bucks season again.  There’s thousands of fans in Milwaukee who could not forget about the team quickly enough once MLB spring training started, and many of them are thinking twice about that right now.  A move like this at least sparks interest in a team that may as well have moved to Oklahoma City by now, and that’s huge.

Sit down and take a deep breath, the Bucks lose money each year

So Don Walker of JSOnline.com posted a story where Sen. Herb Kohl admitted that the Milwaukee Bucks lose money, at least in recent years. (blog link)

According to ESPN.com’s attendance report, the bucks are toward the bottom of the league, with about 83% attendance on average.  No surprise really, as the closest they’ve come to winning in recent memory is an overhyped trip to the Eastern Finals, which happened 4 coaches and 2 GMs ago.  Is it any shock that fans aren’t willing to drop a lot of money on a team that always finishes under .500, tanks the end of each season, can’t keep a coach, signs players like Dan Gadzuric to monster contracts, and has 3 lottery picks that are bigger stars overseas than in the NBA?  Let’s face it, the team is pathetic.  Hats off to Kohl for wanting to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee, but is it really worth it?  At some point it will come down to a new arena being essential.  When that happens, the Bucks are going to look to Milwaukee, who is still trying to pay off Miller Park, to front the cash.  We will likely end up with the same mess the Seattle fans are in.  A struggling team that can’t turn a profit being forced to leave town because the city won’t suffer financially over a bad investment.  I say treat them like any other local business… if they aren’t worth spending money on, it’s time to close shop.

Harris Done as Bucks GM

I think we all knew it was coming, and the rumors were already in circulation this morning.

Now it’s official.  Larry Harris is gone after the season.

If only we could do something about the owner…