Expensive Giannis,

We ♥ you.

We are OBF (Unique Bucks Admirers) and we’ve been here each time for the last 50 years.

We watched Wayne (The Wall) Embry and Flynn (The Electric Eye) Robinson when the Bucks performed in an arena referred to as The Arena.

We realized The Rabbit, The Cement Mixer and The King. We can convey to a pancake jumper from a rainbow jumper from a frog-leg jumper and can display you exactly where on the courtroom you will come across Broadway and the Toaster. We’re fluent in the dialect of the terrific Bucks radio announcer Eddie Doucette.

We can even sing the primary Bucks’ topic song, the one that praises them because “they enjoy basketball the specialist way.”

We were being blessed by Kareem and Nellie and cursed by George Karl and his nonetheless unfathomable trade of foreseeable future Corridor of Famer Ray Allen for 10 months of Gary Payton’s companies.

We applauded Alvin Robertson’s ball-hawking hustle and endured Anthony Mason’s excruciating free-toss variety. We’ve seen Marques Johnson reverse jam with his again to the basket and watched Glenn Robinson miss that 9-footer on the baseline that possibly would have set the Bucks in the finals in 2001.

We experienced terrific years in the early ’70s and in the ’80s, and mostly struggling considering that, which include acquiring to bear the disgrace of Chicagoans often taking in excess of the Bradley Centre for the duration of the Jordan era.

But we’ve hardly ever experienced any person like you.

Of course, there’s Kareem, the gentleman who manufactured the Bucks immediate contenders. Arguably the best participant ever. And a clever, interesting dude who really briefly even hosted his possess jazz display on nearby radio.

But the younger Kareem normally appeared reserved, distant. And he actually did not want to be here anyway.

And as great as he was on the courtroom, he was economical, not fascinating. He wasn’t what you’d simply call enjoyable.

Then arrived you – gazelle-loping, Euro-stepping, dime-dishing, rim-rocking you, with your moves, your drive and your barbaric yawp just after specifically-ferocious jams.


At the Milwaukee Bucks media working day Giannis Antetokounmpo spike about his motivation to improving.
Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Not to point out the do the job ethic. You hit town a skinny 19-yr-previous and then hit the weight space, steadily incorporating 50 pounds of muscle mass right up until you appeared like a statue in the Parthenon.

And now, Giannis, they anxiety you.

They anxiety you on the break, taking one dribble to get from 50 percent courtroom to the basket. They anxiety you when you’re triple-teamed and pass to Lopez or Bledsoe or Snell for a a few. And they anxiety that, at age 24, you’re likely to get even better.

All of which, of system, the OBF appreciate. Moreover, you like Milwaukee, and you feel to be the form of typical dude Milwaukee likes. You eat at Omega on 27th and Morgan. You believed it would be a very good thought to keep your possess garage sale.

We know we’re third string on the nearby admirer scene. Most people today here fork out additional interest to pitchers and catchers reporting or which defensive lineman the Packers may draft to plug the A-hole.

But we really do not treatment. You have manufactured it enjoyable to be a Bucks admirer once again.

Delighted Valentine’s Day,



Rick Romell covers retail and normal company news for the Journal Sentinel.


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