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Bucks Maintain Dignity Against Coronavirus


In Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s riveting Coach Wooden And Me, Kareem recalls Wooden’s favorite book, The Robe. The Christian story reflects on the difficulties of life, including how quickly we must descend from peaks and how monotonous life can be in easy stretches. I can’t help but lament that Coach Wooden isn’t here to guide the NBA through the painful Coronavirus suspension, as Milwaukee rapidly fell from our pinnacle this week. As recently as Wednesday, the Bucks were preparing to go through their usual dominance. Coach Bud casually discussed Giannis’s probable injury return and nonchalantly dismissed the problems with playing in an empty Fiserv Forum.


Heading into Thursday’s showdown with detested Boston, Milwaukee held an NBA-leading 53-12 record. The rest of the regular season appeared a dull march to the top seed. Milwaukee was hotly-anticipating hosting at least three playoff series, with the surely overmatched Nets or Magic the probably first victims. Unfortunately, miniscule bacteria have managed to barricade the world’s biggest and strongest athletes.

What is Basketball?

I bristle at the notion that basketball is “just a game.” I don’t believe that for a second, and a crummy virus hasn’t changed my mind. It’s an artistic expression of men and women’s yearning for releasing their egos in the flow of collaboration for a common cause. And the Bucks’ 2019 and 2020 successes ignited a long-dormant Milwaukee fanbase now clamoring for a title. However, tragedies fell life and basketball both.

Commissioner Adam Silver stated games are on hold for at least 30 days. The health of fans supersedes missing a month of basketball. However, Giannis, Khris Middleton, and the Bucks organization will NOT stand on the sidelines in our fight for life, even if they can’t stand at the Forum’s center-court.

Just a game? Come on, man! The Coronavirus suspension imperils the livelihoods of Forum workers and Milwaukee restaurants and taverns. Now, Bucks Lead isn’t the CDC. Still, we implore: we mustn’t cower in fear. With cases reportedly declining in Asia, the virus isn’t Captain Trips (as Stephen King himself urges.) Society WILL contain and reverse the coronavirus, and Giannis and the Bucks WILL return to the court. Now, will they return in April in first place? We don’t know. However, Milwaukee’s basketball pride will return to literally look up to the Greek Freak as he carries the flags of two countries and the hearts of basketball fans worldwide. And with consciences cleansed from worry and souls recommitted to the cream city’s common good, Bucks nation again will climb the steps of the Forum step by step before reaching the summit of NBA basketball.

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About Jeffrey Newholm

"Jammin Jeff" Newholm had been a basketball fanatic since his high school days, and remained a casual fan as a student in Whitewater. Wishing to check in as an active participant, he also completed a writing certificate program at UWM. He loves seeing Bucks games more than any other activity in hometown Milwaukee and especially screaming really really loudly to get someone to miss a free throw. Twitter: @JeffreyNewholm

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