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Hey, Senator Kohl at least give Simmons an interview

The Milwaukee Bucks need a general manager. ESPN columnist Bill Simmons wants the job. Is he the most qualified? No. Is he a passionate NBA fan? Yes. Would it hurt for team owner U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl to, at the very least, fly the guy to Milwaukee for an interview? No.

Heck, I'll buy the ticket. I could use the Midwest Airlines miles. Consider that an offer, Senator.

Simmons has been relentless with his campaign to become the next Bucks GM. And, as a passionate Bucks fan and season ticket holder for years, I say why not give him an interview?

This is a team that needs buzz, moxy and more national exposure. Bring in Bill!

Simmons makes more solid points in his espn.com column this week. And, he closes it writing, "... since the Bucks refuse to acknowledge my candidacy, it looks like I'm going to have to shift to Plan B: Openly and frequently torturing them. Stay tuned."

To Simmons, I say, bring it on and to Sen. Kohl, I say, give the guy an interview.


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TheyThink | March 28, 2008 at 10:42 a.m. (report)

If you did read Simmons' stuff you'd soon realize that he knows the mathematics (i.e. money & salaries) of the game, he's not some charlatan. Clearly he is not a prototypical NBA GM but other than Ernie Grunfeld, who have the Bucks had that actually have done a good job in the past 15 years? This team seriously needs buzz, PR, and something to capture the fans attention. Yi was drafted for media attention both here in the US and A as well as China...a very savvy move to be sure. Winning is obviously the panacea but in the meantime this franchise needs to do something in order to attract attention from the passive fan. Getting a no-name GM who is likely going to be doing the job for the first time is only going to net the same results. They need to think out of the box on this one as the status quo has obviously NOT worked.

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booboo16 | March 27, 2008 at 12:31 p.m. (report)

mke - c'mon. really, you think that the GM position is just about what goes on on the court and personnel issues? i gotta say that's pretty short-sided if you do. we need a GM that knows how and where to spend money and how to run the business as efficiently as possible. Simmons has never mentioned anything about that, has he? i give him all the credit in the world for being an NBA geek (i didn't think anyone really cared about the NBA anymore), but that does not and should not warrant an interview under any circumstances. listen, everyone has a "cause" and when you have a forum to display your "cause" you get to say what you want, but this doesn't make any sense. not for buzz, not for the bucks, and not for the ticket-buying fans. bottomline, if your looking for a circus at the bradley center, wait until the tripoli circus comes to town not bill simmons.

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TheyThink | March 26, 2008 at 5:16 p.m. (report)

Hey booboo, read some of Bill Simmons' articles about the NBA and you'll soon learn that he has more knowledge of the NBA than you and Larry Harris combined. At least Simmons WANTS to be in Milwaukee unlike most other tired candidates that the Senator will bring in for a cursory interview.

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booboo16 | March 26, 2008 at 1:18 p.m. (report)

Hey Jeff, can I get an interview too? I watch a lot of the NBA too...therefore I must be qualified. Stop pandering to this guy and holding up the new GM hiring process. This franchise needs an established guy with a proven track record of success...not just some buzz that will last for a month or two and revert back to the same old lackluster franchise. We took a chance on Harris (by way of being Del's boy) and look where his "skills" took us...last place in the Central and Dan Gadzuric for 6yrs/$36 mil.

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arks00 | March 26, 2008 at 12:43 p.m. (report)

I'll follow and say I don't know much about Simmons, but if he actually does say good things about the city, sure, get him an interview. It is his wife I am worried about; last time she opened her mouth about our city, everybody was fat and our diets consisted ONLY of beer, brats and cheese. I cant stand ignorant people.

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