When your franchise resides in the purgatory of the NBA, there’s not much hope for ya as a fan base. I’m lookin’ at you, Milwaukee Bucks.
Conventional sports wisdom states that it’s never a negative to make the post-season. Of course, right? It’s a reflection not only of present-day team success and implied brightness for the future, but it’s playoff exposure, playoff merchandise…playoff revenue. Right? Yeah, unless you’re the #8 seed in the NBA.
As the NBA’s #8 seed, you’re likely sub .500 (at least in the East) and your reward for making the post-season? Getting stomped by the #1. You’re also just on the outside of the lottery pick sweepstakes, so with the 15th pick in the next draft, you’ll nab a nice player with tremendous upside. Translation: the guy may not pan out at all, and if he does, it’ll probably be a couple of seasons before his impact is truly felt. And as far as that impact goes – like the league on the whole, the void is greater from top to middle than in any pro entity.
Of course, there are exceptions:
So back to the Bucks…it’s tough to drum up optimism for the coming season, but hang in there fans. The franchise’s talent extends beyond the ticking clock. There’s a time out on the floor…and you know what that means. It’s time for an Energee boost!
HERE are finalists for this year’s squad, and you can vote for your favies.