Bucks Play the Extortion Card for Their New Arena Push
There's history, and then there's anecdotal history.
Those are the footnotes that pop up every now and then, make a salient point, and fade back to gray.
The NBA's outpost in the great state of Wisconsin has chipped in its share.
The Milwaukee Bucks' high-water mark was its 66-16 record in 1970-1971 when then-Lew Alcindor teamed with Oscar Robertson to secure the only championship in their history.
At least the Big Dude got 'em some hardware and a ring for the Big O before he chose to get outta town.
And who knew the Bucks would be at the center of the NBA's first $100million player contract? Not that they wanted to be, as articulated by then-owner and senator Herb Kohl's famous remark:
|I was thinking of telling Mr Robinson, "I’ll tell you what: I’ll take your contract and you can have my franchise."|
Now, the Bucks have backed into the headlines again, notable in that they might have an impact on two sports. They want to build a $500million palace and, as usual in the biz, have everyone else pay for most of it:
Wisconsin lawmakers have finagled ways to soften the hard fact of taxpayers footing the bill, and it seems that angle was making a favorable decision too close to cal.
But seems is a relative term, so the club dropped the hammer:
|Build the playpen, or we're taking our ball elsewhere.|
And the game goes on: