Bucks unveil a new logo and 2 new players
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North Carolina swingman David Noel may one day end up being a solid player in the National Basketball Association, but for much of Wednesday night he was in danger of being overshadowed by new a color scheme, a revamped logo and a fish, chicken, beef and pasta buffet.
A year after landing center Andrew Bogut with the No. 1 overall pick, the Bucks threw a low-key draft party at team headquarters in St. Francis.
Though team officials were clearly thrilled to be able to select Noel, a 6-6, 230-pounder who played four seasons with one of the nation's top collegiate programs, only a few dozen season ticket-holders felt compelled to show up for the festivities and a majority of them left after eating the Saz's catered dinner and watching the unveiling of the third logo in team history.
Although the structure of the primary logo is similar, the Bucks have replaced purple with a deep red. The forest green and silver colors remain, but the fonts have changed and a secondary logo adds a shadowing effect to the antlers.
"We're kind of going back a little ways with some of the colors, but I think we're moving forward," Bucks general manager Larry Harris said. "I'm excited about the opportunities with marketing and the merchandising that this logo is going to bring about."
Bucks players Michael Redd and Bobby Simmons helped Harris unveil the new design. "I love it," Redd said. "I'm a big fan of red, what can I say? It's something new and fresh."
Simmons said he liked the purple scheme, but added that "red is a cool color, too."
The logo change, which was nearly two years in the making, will lead to new uniforms for next season. Those will be unveiled in September. Meanwhile, the Bucks will begin changing everything from the paint on the courts at the Bradley Center and Cousins Center, the pads under the basket, the swivel brooms used to wipe up sweat on those floors, business cards, letterheads, apparel...
"Every time you look, you see something else (that needs to change)," said John Steinmiller, the Bucks' vice president of business operations said.
Roughly two hours after the logo was unveiled, when the media far outnumbered fans, the Bucks -- who tried unsuccessfully to move up in the draft -- used the 39th pick to take the proverbial "best athlete available."
That phrase gets bandied about in just about every draft, but this time it had special meaning. Noel, who was recruited more for football than basketball when coming out of high school, had the best scores on physical tests at the pre-draft camp in Orlando.
"This is what we were looking for in the draft," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "To improve our team, we were looking for an athletic wing player. There were a few of them in the draft. Larry (Harris) and his staff had looked for David early. He's an athletic specimen, (a) smart player. (He has) been well-coached. Having a player like that is what we were looking for."
Noel was one of several players to work out for the Bucks before the draft, but Stotts called that "icing on the cake."
"When you look at the conference, you look at the school, you look at the coaching, I think all those things really play a part in a player's ability to have success at the next level," Stotts said. "I like his toughness. I like his mentality. When you have the fundamental base that he has, with the athletic ability that he has, it increases his ability to be successful."
Both Stotts and Harris said that Noel compared favorably with former Bucks swingman Desmond Mason, in terms of athleticism and makeup.
"I wanted a basketball player. I wanted to get an athlete. I wanted to get a defensive type of mentality and I wanted someone that could immediately play in the league. I think when you get in the second round, you're trying to find someone that can make your team and someone that has a chance to grow with your organization and be somebody that you can build with. We've had success in the second round and I think we've continued that tonight."
Before the night ended, the Bucks acquired the draft rights for Damir Markota from San Antonio in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2007 draft. (Milwaukee picked up an extra pick when it sent Mike James and Zendon Hamilton to the Rockets for Reece Gaines).
Markota, a 20-year-old Croatian selected 59th overall by the Spurs, averaged 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds last season for Cibona Zagreb of the Adriatic League. He is 6-10 and will likely spend this season in Europe.
Paul said: Who cares about the logo? They got rid of the purple, and I'm curious to see what the jerseys will look like...The fact is, the Bucks are shaping up to be a playoff team for the next 5-6 years at least. Bogut will be moved to Center next year with a lot of the offense running through him. We have a very solid young nucleus. Stop hating, Go Bucks!
Buddy Lee said: That logo is NOT new. It is the same stupid POS with some different curtains. Why couldn't they summon up enough stones to just go back to the Kareem-era look? It would be high-style for sure, instead of this halfassed attempt to please everyone.
TosaJim said: Hey back off guys....with this new logo and color scheme the Bucks are on their way....or....maybe this is just another distraction to the fact the Bucks are going nowhere fast
J said: Not only did they botch a trade last year sending Mason away to get a "Masonesque" player this year, but they've also spent a butt load of money on players they don't utilize to their potential. Gadz - $36 mil to ride the bench Simmons - $49 mil to underachieve Maglorie - $8.5 mil a season to rebound for Michael Redd. Redd - $95 mil to wave his finger in the air after making every shot he should be making for half the money. (Don't get me wrong, Redd has become a very solid player, but he is not worth max contract.) They've got players with lots of potential, but they don't run any offense through them. The offensive system needs to evolve to get the big men more involved so they can more effectively spread the floor. That way Mike Redd can wave his finger all over the place after hitting open 3s.
DD said: So they traded Desmond Mason and a 1st round pick for Magloire and a 2nd Round player who reminds them of Desmond Mason? Wow, great job guys.
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