By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Apr 06, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Like all obituaries, this one is going to be sad. But tears may not be in order because like Annie says, "the sun will come out tomorrow."

This obituary is for the Milwaukee Bucks -- their season effectively ended last Friday with a one-point loss to the Indiana Pacers, who hold the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. It was a game the Bucks absolutely had to win and they didn't.

So, we are left with some final thoughts as we say good bye to a disappointing season.

Let's begin with Brandon Jennings who by all accounts is a very nice young man. But he's only 21 years old and if he wants to make this team his team, he's got a lot of things to learn.

First of all, he's got to take a look at the last, left-handed guard the Bucks had. Michael Redd worked like a dog in the off season early in his career and turned himself into a great shooter. Jennings doesn't even rank in the top 50 of all guards in the league in field goal percentage. That's not good enough. While he occasionally makes big important shots, his failures through the rest of the game are part of the reason the Bucks even need those big, last-second shots.

In addition, he's got to learn how to run a team in crunch time. That game against Indiana provided a perfect example. With just over two minutes left, the Bucks had come back from a big deficit and trailed by only three. Milwaukee had the ball and Jennings brought it across half court. What the Bucks got out of that possession was a 24-second shot-clock violation. As a big-time point guard, Jennings' job in that situation is to run the team and get the ball into the hands of someone who's got a good shot. Didn't happen and the turnover was a killer.

Now let's look at Andrew Bogut.

He's tantalized us with some great games, scoring, rebounding, blocking shots and making good passes. Then there are games where it looks like he's forgotten everything he knows. Plus there's the issue with his health.

It's not his fault, but he has aches and pains and migraines that keep him off the court too often. He missed 13 games this year, and when you are so close to making the playoffs, those 13 games are very important. Bogut is kind of like a kid who gets hired at McDonald's who has severe Tourette's syndrome. Most of the time he's great but occasionally he slips into a string of profanity that makes you wonder if you can keep him around. The same holds true of Bogut. It's not his fault but he does get nicked up enough to cause some concern about whether he is prone to injuries. Do the Bucks need to find more consistency, both in presence and performance, at the center position?

Let's look at attitude. Is this a team of winners?

That's not something those of us on the outside can ever judge. But we can listen to the players and get a clue from what they say.

I can't even count how many times this year that I've heard players, after a loss, talk about how they didn't have energy out on the floor. Energy is something you can control. Do you try your hardest every minute of the game? That's energy. You may have success and you may not, but you can always try. That seems to be an issue with these Bucks.

And there is clearly a little bit of discontent on the team. After the loss to Indiana, Jennings said the following: "It's a real disappointing season. Some guys have the mind-set of winning on the team and some guys just don't. It's been that way all year. We wanted to come in this year and build on what we did, and we didn't. We traded a lot of pieces I feel like we should have kept. But that's part of the business and you've just got to roll with it."

Two things there. One, who are the guys who Jennings is talking about who don't have the "mindset of winning," and who got traded who Jennings thinks should have been kept. My guess on the trades is Luke Ridnour, Kurt Thomas, Jerry Stackhouse and/or Charlie Bell. That represents some real, veteran leadership.

As for the first group, the players who don't have the mind-set of winning, I'm not sure who Jennings means. But it would not surprise me to see Corey Maggette in that group.

As the Bucks head into the off-season I don't think they need anything even approaching a wholesale house cleaning. Obviously they need a player or two who can shoot the ball. They could probably use a rough and tumble backup center. But other than that, I think they can head into next season hoping for good health and confident of their fortunes.

And I'm going to say this one more time. It's OK to be disappointed in the Bucks. But the guy who wrote a letter to the dead tree paper last week saying that the Bucks might want to consider moving, just shows how stupid some fans can be. The Bucks are one asset that make this community a big league city. No matter what, we don't want to lose them.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.