Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee Bucks’

Do not ask Dick Bavetta for a little help

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Pacers’ bench players, Bucks center Zaza Pachulia ended up hitting the floor. When long-serving ref Dick Bavetta walked past to make the call, Zaza asked for a little help getting up off the floor. And as you can see in the Vine below, that help was not forthcoming…

Heat’s King James puts on very own dunk contest versus Bucks

By Nick Margiasso IV

This season, the Milwaukee Bucks on TV isn’t prime-time viewing unless you are hosting a Draft Lottery party. But when they play the Miami Heat, the chances of some worthwhile viewing get markedly better. Furthermore, when LeBron James decides to make it his own personal slam dunk contest, well, you can just toss the remote out the window and enjoy.


VIDEO: LeBron throws it down on the break



VIDEO: James gets fancy on the reverse slam



VIDEO: LeBron makes a poster out of Udoh

The long-named rookie strikes again

In L.A., Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded another highlight in the land of highlights.

In L.A., Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded another highlight in the land of highlights.

Giannis, Giannis, Giannis. Throughout the Bucks’ seasonal march toward futility, the 19-year-old neophyte from Greece has kept the league us drooling over his youth, coachable mien and propensity for otherworldly hardwood feats.

His chasedown swat and Statue of Liberty yam against the Celtics earlier this season has been firmly ensconced on the Top Plays Theatre. Monday night in the land of the lobs, his springs and hustle decided to grace us again.

Once he got the block, you knew what he was going for. Fortunately, Zaza Pachulia knew what time it was and fed the young buck on cue:

VIDEO: Giannis Antetokounmpo gets busy on both ends

Warriors’ Curry goes to the circus

By Nick Margiasso IV

It was a little too close for comfort in Oakland, Calif., Thursday night as the Warriors edged the lowly Bucks 115-110. As per usual, though, Stephen Curry did near-superhuman things to lift Golden State to a win. He scored 31 points. He dished 11 dimes. He grabbed three boards and a steal.

And he did this …

VIDEO: Warriors’ Curry flips in circus shot

… try that in your pickup game this weekend, bruh.

Report: Milwaukee Bucks mascot Bango to retire

By Lang Whitaker,

VIDEO: Bango From 20 Feet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sad news out of Milwaukee, where the man who plays Bango, the always-entertaining mascot of the Bucks, will be retiring at the end of the season, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Kevin Vanderkolk has worn Bango’s antlers for nearly 15 years, and has established Bango as one of the more athletic mascots in the NBA. He’s experienced lows, such as tearing his ACL at the 2009 All-Star Game, and highs, like the crazy backflip dunk off of a 20-foot-ladder in the video clip at the top of this post.

Vanderkolk did not comment on this report, but if the news is accurate, those of us who count ourselves mascot aficionados will be sad to see him go.

Someone who may not be as sad? Dwight Howard.

UPDATE: The Bucks posted a job opening for a full-time Mascot Coordinator/new Bango

VIDEO: Bango vs. Dwight

VIDEO: Bango’s Best

Luc Mbah A Moute treats fan club to game

Milwaukee Bucks v Minnesota Timberwolves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pretty cool story out of Minneapolis, where Wolves forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute decided to step in and help some fans who traveled a long way to meet him.

The dozen young basketball players are all from around Avignon in the south of France. They became aware of Mbah a Moute through a friend of his who used to play for the nearby Basket Club Nyonsais. Because Mbah a Moute has roots in Africa (he is a native of Cameroon) and speaks French, this group of kids felt a particular kinship. As Mbah a Moute explained to Fox Sports, “The French connection, and a lot of those kids are also from Africa originally, so their parents are from Africa. Just being fans of a guy from Africa playing in the NBA, just my story, how I made it in the NBA.”

Still, after becoming fans of Mbah a Moute, getting to the U.S. to see him play a game wasn’t so easy. The original plan was to visit Milwaukee to see him play with his then-team the Bucks, but he was traded to the Sacramento Kings before the season. So they instead planned their trip around two games this week — Sacramento at Brooklyn on Sunday, and Sacramento at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

And then the Kings traded Mbah a Moute to Minnesota. The fans decided to keep their plans as they were, which would have meant missing Mbah a Moute. So Mbah a Moute got involved and paid for the entire group to fly out to Minnesota on Monday, where they had dinner with Mbah a Moute and Ronny Turiaf, and then they attended last night’s Bucks/Timberwolves game.

Ironically, Mbah a Moute didn’t actually get into the game last night, but it didn’t dampen the experience had by all. As Mbah a Moute told, “I just can’t imagine kids coming and doing something like that for someone they don’t know. I think it’s pretty special.”

Kareem And Airplane! Stars Reunite For Wisconsin Commercial

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What is the best way to encourage tourists to visit Wisconsin? The people of Travel Wisconsin decided the best possible way was to reunite the stars, director and producers of the seminal comedy Airplane!, which was released 34 years ago. One of those people, of course, is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who not only acted in Airplane!, but also was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and won a title with the Bucks in 1971. Roger? What?

VIDEO: Kareem In Airplane Wisconsin

Giannis Antetokounmpo Scores Soccer Goal From Midfield

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve enjoyed following the exploits this season of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the precocious but wildly talented Bucks rookie. He has been raw, but his physical gifts are so obvious, that it seems like just a matter of time until he puts it all together. In the meantime, he’s been a lot of fun to watch.

It’s also been neat seeing the Greek import explore and get to know his new surroundings in Milwaukee. We have already learned, for instance, that Giannis loves smoothies. And as we see from this Youtube video, he’s also pretty darn good at soccer. While attending a recent Milwaukee Wave indoor game, Giannis nailed this shot from midfield to win a scooter for a lucky fan.

VIDEO: Giannis scores

(via TNLP)

OJ Mayo Picks Inopportune Time To Tie Shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Look, we’ve heard since we were kids that there’s nothing more dangerous than running with your shoes untied. So it’s understandable that when Milwaukee guard O.J. Mayo‘s shoelace became untied during last night’s Bucks/Nuggets game, he needed to get it re-tied as quickly as possible. But deciding to re-tie the shoe during the middle of a defensive possession, while play was going on all around him, seemed to be a curious choice. Luckily Mayo’s man wasn’t involved with the play.

Wait, anyone seen J.R. Smith?

VIDEO: Mayo Ties Shoe

Milwaukee Bucks To Host Y2K Night


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Bucks may not be winning games on the court — they are currently 10-43, worst in the NBA — but give them credit for trying to win fans off the court. For their latest promotion, they’re going back to the future. Roads? Who needs…roads?

The Bucks recently announced that on Saturday against the Pacers, they’ll be making the night a celebration of all things Y2K. Not only will former Bucks star Glenn Robinson be in attendance, but halftime entertainment for this fantastic voyage will be provided by Coolio.

We’ll let explain…

Remember when Y2K was supposed to spell doom for the technological infrastructure of America? While the turn of the millennium provided to be anticlimactic in some respects, the effects that the years leading up to Y2K had on pop culture are still felt today, for better or worse. The years surrounding Y2K showed us the magical wonders of Harry Potter and MP3s, along with the travails of the dot com bubble bursting and the scourge of reality TV. The Bucks will celebrate this pop cultural confluence with Y2K Night on Saturday, Feb. 22, when the conference-leading Indiana Pacers make their first visit of the season (7:30 p.m. tip). To help fans reminisce on that not-so-long-ago era of the late nineties and early aughts, the team has rolled back pricing on all upper-level seats to what tickets went for at the turn of the century, with many available for just $7 (plus applicable fees).

And to give fans a chance to win a VIP experience at the game, the Bucks asked them to fax in their submissions. Perhaps not surprisingly, this led to a couple of problems…

So hurry up and get your faxes in! Apparently you’ll need a land line to do that, whatever a land line is…