Posted Friday, February 24, 2012 09:38 AM
The Las Vegas Bucks. Nice ring to it.
There are some rumblings that the Milwaukee Bucks, seemingly frozen solid in the NBA no-man's land of mediocrity, might move when owner Herb Kohl either gets tired of pumping money into the team or passes on.
The Bucks aren't even winning two games out of five these days and appear a lock for another trip to the lottery. Fans have noticed, and if anyone thinks the Bradley Center will be torn down and replaced by new facility, you probably also think that LeBron James will be called for traveling in the final two minutes of a close game.
If the Bucks do move, it creates an opening for a Las Vegas-based NBA product, long a dream of city planners. The main stumbling block is a place to play, and the city can't seem to get a shovel in the ground as a way to entice a pro team.
Another problem: Many in the city are still creeped out by the fallout from the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Vegas, when the players' entourages descended on the casinos for a weekend and intimidated some blackjack dealers to the point that they were calling in sick.
Having an NBA team in the city has about the same odds as the Bucks actually winning a title in the next five years, but it would be more than fun.
And since money rules on the Strip, the Bucks wouldn't even have to change their nickname.