No surprise here, the Milwaukee Bucks take a pass on arguably their best offensive player Charlie Villanueva. GM John Hammond has decided to make offers to free agents Ramon Sessions and Ersan Ilyasova instead. The Bucks have tied the future to Andrew Bogut who in my opinion is a little better than a backup center in the NBA.
Early rumors are that Charlie V. may end up in Cleveland following former teammate Mo Williams.
There he is…MY MAN! Doin what he do…doing it the way he do it. Another game win or loss, another trot off the court for my guy who always make me chuckle because he gets it!
He just enjoys the moment for what it is, this is one of the best people in the NBA… DJ 19, Damon Jones currently of the Milwaukee Bucks. Here is a young man who has started in the NBA Finals and rode buses in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the CBA. Here is a young man that was a ball boy for the championship teams back in Houston in the mid 90s, but has played side by side with all-stars Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and in his 1st run here with Michael Redd in Milwaukee. Here is a young man that was undrafted out of the University of Houston, but has been on MTV Cribs and co-hosted Dick Clark’s New Years Eve Party in New York.
So many contradictions, but like the transformers…there is more that meets the eye? I sat down with DJ 19 and asked him a few questions about being in the league for this long, and how he has done it. Although the Bucks are the only team he has played for twice in his career, he has enjoyed being on ten other teams.
I asked him how he keeps so even keel and he told me several things help him with that. “By keeping my mind fresh and going one day at a time, it helps me focus and since I have seen it all in this league, I try to share a lot of those experiences with the young guys.” Every player, and just about every coach I spoke to about Damon said the same thing, it was said over and over about his attitude, which is basically this…he takes the game very serious, but not to the point it isn’t fun to play the game. DJ 19 did acknowledge in our conversation that their have been peaks and vallys. “A lot of highs and lows.” He also reminded me to tell any young ball-players out there. “No one can ever tell you or dictate how you want your career to go…ever!” Not bad for a career 40% FG and a 39% 3pt FG shooter, 647 games (and counting) and more importantly 6 post seasons in ten years.
For a guy that never saw a seven figure salary until he joined the Miami Heat in the 2004-05 season, he has never shown outwardly signs of that petty jealousy or politics that I seen destroy teams, locker rooms and communities.
So I send this shout out to people who are tired of all the negativity, bad actors and actions in the very insulated world of professional sports, here is a guy you can cheer for who came from the bottom and is still trying to reach the top.
Steve Haywood, Host of “That Being Said”
ESPN Radio 540 Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Bucks weren’t a serious threat to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference this year. Now, they aren’t even a threat to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers team after Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Leading scorer Michael Redd suffered a season ending knee injury during that contest.
“I’m deeply disappointed but everything in life happens for a reason and this is God’s plan for me,” Redd said in a statement issued by the team. “I have faith in my teammates and coaches to continue to work together to make our fans proud. I will be supporting them wholeheartedly from the sidelines and working equally hard to return to the court in the best condition possible for next season.”
Not only have the Milwaukee Bucks lost their best player, they lost a leader and great locker room presence until the ’09 – ’10 campaign.
As a fan of the NBA, I must demand that Commissioner David Stern launch an immediate investigation into the operation of the Milwaukee Bucks. I believe there is a serious effort by Bucks Management to defraud the paying public. I come to this conclusion after I attended their recent home loss to the Detroit Pistons 87 – 76. What those of us in attendance saw was one of the poorest efforts ever given by a home team following a 3-day break.
The evidence can be found by just reviewing the 4th quarter of this game. The Pistons increased their halftime lead from 2 points to 18 points (27 – 11 run) by the end of the 3rd quarter. Head Coach Scott Skiles then must have blacked out and forgot to play his best players in the 4th quarter. Michael Redd (29 min., 4 pts.), Andrew Bogut (26 min., 17 pts.) and Richard Jefferson (29 min., 10 pts.) had the best seats in the Bradley Center for the final 12 minutes. Skiles clearly was sending a message to the fans that he was in control of this circus. At one point (mid-4th qtr.), Skiles was playing 3 bench players that had scored a combined 0 points during the contest… it was unexplainable.
The Bucks faithful had enough of the team and began to rain boos in the BC before the game concluded. I told my buddy at the game that watching this game was like going to the movies to see a Will Smith Blockbuster only to have his stunt double performing in all the scenes.
Milwaukee sports fans deserve better than this and until Sen. Kohl sells the team they won’t get it.
Venus Williams & Hank Kuehne… raised in Compton, CA she is now one of the most famous athletes in the world… where is her King?
Update 5.19.09 – I must say that the responses to this post have been powerful… thank you all for your opinion and your passion. I came across a couple interesting posts regarding Russell Simmons (Hip Hop Mogul) and his friend Julie Henderson (Model). Give it a read and share you thoughts… here is the post about Uncle Russ & Julie. Then there is something written by Uncle Russ’ ex-Katie Ross.
On November 4, 2008, America elected a Black Man as the President-Elect of the United States of America. This historic event has caused many Americans (especially w/in the Black Community) to examine many issues surrounding “race” that have been either taboo or only talked about honestly when one is in the midst of their own ethnic group. We felt that we should be no different at Urban Sports Talk & Entertainment… so we are asking you to give your thoughts about “race” as it relates to Black Athletes involved in interracial relationships.
I decided to pen this post mainly because of a conversation I had with my cousin recently. Given my background as a former football player, he wanted my perspective on Black (Male) Athletes dating White Women. He just cannot understand how these athletes are raised in Black neighborhoods, attend Black (k – 12) Schools, worship in Black Churches then go off and leave Black Women behind. His challenge to me was to defend that reality for those athletes.
I didn’t care to provide an excuse because I don’t believe a person’s decision to date someone of another ethnicity is shameful. What I did talk about is how a Black Athlete’s circumstances can lead him (them) to make certain choices. Many of which were never available prior to him/her being highlighted for athletic prowess.
For instance, the vast majority of Black Athletes are removed from Black areas when they are given scholarships to attend White Colleges. This is the initial step towards assimilating into the Majority Society. For many Black Athletes, this will be their first time attending a class as the minority student. He/she will be living around tens of thousands of non-Blacks for the coming years as they are being trained to play sports at a high level. His/her world view is being shaped during this time as he/she is experiencing independence from parents, family and their community. It is during this time when they are frequently socializing with many diverse groups of people which they will ultimately be influenced by for the years to come.
My cousin wasn’t impressed and didn’t want to hear that lame excuse as he called it. What are your thoughts? Are we passed this issue or should Black Athletes be challenged for their decisions to date outside of their race?
It is that time of the year again…
You know the annual gathering of music lovers who get to drunk, eat too much and live life beyond their means in terms of behavior young and old…it’s “Summerfest”!
As I sit at our Milwaukee Mile 540 ESPN Broadcast Center on the festival grounds I ask myself questions to help me past time and calm down. I am a little angry about some things that have happened that out of our control, but I’m starting to believe my road dog Scotty Wiz that the show may be cursed, too many strange things happening to us the last few weeks, so I need to get into another place, so it’s blogging time!
The NBA Draft has come and gone and all I can say is John Hammond is changing the culture of the franchise in a numbers of different ways on and off the floor. The drafting of Joe Alexander was no surprise, but in a way it was because of the straight forward way the Bucks went about doing it. The brought him in twice and actually admitted they wanted him and on draft night, they actually took him! Hmmmm, this is uncharted territory for me in terms of blunt straight honest actions with no cloak and daggers. I usually get to the truth, but totally off the record. The second round pick is Luc Richard Mbah a Moute out of UCLA, (that is Luke Ra-shard M-Boo-a-Moo-tay), we’re gonna have to give him an nickname real quick. Bottom line is we will see what the vision is pretty soon of the new GM, stay tuned.
Let me ask you something about the NFL off-season? What the hell is the big deal about off-season OTAs (organized team activities) and minicamps? The most dysfunctional team last off-season was the New York Football Giants, they had all kinds of issues last year from Michael Strahans’ should I retire or not to is the head coach got control of the team or not. You know what, they still won the Superbowl didn’t they? I have not heard one player, coach or management type say that the key to their Superbowl success was how they came together in the off-season OTAs, not one…ever.
So it seems the only folks that make a huge deal about off season absences of veteran players at these gatherings are coaches trying to make a point, fans and MEDIA. Not one off-season workout would have made a difference in that pass Favre threw in overtime for the pick in the NFC Championship.
In looking at few other things, the Brewers are right about where they should be considering loss of players to injury and under-performance by certain members of the team. Pitching has stepped up and been better than thought and Salomon Torres next to Ben Sheets is the MVP coming in and holding the closer role. By the way my newest nickname is for Prince Fielder is “P-Funk”, the reason why is simple, you know that look you get on your face when something stanks that scrunched up face, that’s the same look I get when Prince mashes the ball, that is why I will call him “P-Funk.”
Enjoy the annual drunken, musical pilgrimage to Milwaukee’s Lakefront…I know I do.
Steve Haywood, Host of “That Being Said”
ESPN Radio 540 Milwaukee
Austin Scott (former Penn St. RB) has charges of raped dropped against him after the State Superior Court ruled that his accuser can be questioned about a prior rape allegation.
Another coaching retread will be making it back into the NBA. Scott Skiles is set to be named coach of the Milwaukee Bucks any day. Look for this marriage to crash and burn like it did in Chicago.
Danica Patrick makes history by becoming the first woman to win an IRL race by taking the flag at the Indy Japan 300.