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Milwaukee Bucks Point Forward Podcast
36 minutes | 7 days ago
How are we feeling about the Bucks as the playoffs loom? (05.03.2021)
Sure, the Milwaukee Bucks have beaten the Nets and 76ers in recent days, but what about that brutal loss to Houston? And how nervous should we be about Giannis Antetokounmpo's shaky ankle? Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe take a look at the Bucks with eight games left to play, including a flashy rematch against Brooklyn as a potential playoff preview. Might the Bucks see the Hawks (and Bogdan!) in the first round or the 'boogeyman' Miami Heat? The guys also discuss the play-in system (LeBron doesn't like it, but we do!) and Jim explains that HOW Giannis scored 49 points against the Nets is more important than the total itself. Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
60 minutes | 10 days ago
Eddie Doucette looks back at the 1971 Bucks championship (04.30.2021)
The former voice of the Milwaukee Bucks, Eddie Doucette, joins host JR Radcliffe to look back at the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks. The man who coined 'skyhook' and 'Bango' had a front-row seat to the franchise's first and only championship. How did the Bucks go from expansion draft to NBA title in three years? What was it like playing many home games, including playoff battles, in Madison? Did someone really have to rescue Kareem on a snowmobile to get him to Madison in time for tip-off? How did Milwaukee embrace this team?
26 minutes | 14 days ago
What was Milwaukee like when the Bucks came to town? (04.26.2021)
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee Bucks' one and only championship in 1971, travel back in time with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Lori Nickel to learn what Milwaukee was like in the late 60s, when a new pro basketball team came to town and quickly took over the NBA.
33 minutes | 20 days ago
Controversial finish against Phoenix and the Bucks look pretty much like the No. 3 seed (04.21.2021)
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe look at where the Bucks stand after five straight home losses, including an overtime loss against the Suns hampered by a controversial late call. Once again, they ask if this team has shown it can win seven-game series in the playoffs, even with injuries frequently keeping the team from full strength. We hear what Jon Horst had to say on coach Mike Budenholzer, and is Giannis still in the MVP equation?Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
41 minutes | a month ago
Scott Williams on the Bucks getting short-changed in 2001 (04.13.2021)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters Jim Owczarski and JR Radcliffe discuss the lingering injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo, talk about the team's strategy of resting everyone at once and check in on a player having a pretty good season: Pat Connaughton. Is it possible the Bucks don't particularly care if they get the No. 1 seed in the playoffs? Then, Jim chats with former Bucks power forward Scott Williams, who was famously suspended for Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, leading to cries of foul from Bucks players and fans alike. "It was our year, but I think a lot of the NBA brass wasn't ready for it to be our year. Let me just put it that way."Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
54 minutes | a month ago
04.08.2021: George Karl swings by to talk 2001; plus, Giannis' knee and Jrue's huge week
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bucks writer Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss where the concern-o-meter should be with Giannis Antetokounmpo's balky knee and Jrue Holiday's massive week. He's on an elite level right now; is the extension he just signed with the Bucks a risk down the road? Also, Khris Middleton has been a bit of a lightning rod, but is it warranted?Then, Jim chats with former Bucks coach George Karl (34:15), who looks back at the 2001 season on its 20th anniversary and reveals the one thing he wish he'd done differently in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The guys finally ponder why 2001 endures as it does in the collective memory of Bucks fans. Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
28 minutes | a month ago
04.02.2021: Jeff Teague joins the fold and early impressions from out west
The Milwaukee Bucks added a guard to the roster with the addition of Jeff Teague and split a couple games in Los Angeles. Milwaukee Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski offers his impressions of a team looking to dig out of a mini-slump and how the situation shapes up in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Plus, The Thanasis Game and a check-in on the MVP discussion.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
30 minutes | a month ago
03.26.2021: Did Bucks dodge a bullet at trade deadline?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the trade deadline; did the Bucks' biggest competitors in the Eastern Conference get better? Milwaukee stood pat, but recent new acquisition P.J. Tucker has looked great. Milwaukee held off a furious Celtics comeback for a win to run its winning streak to eight games, and does it feel like the Bucks are playing at the peak of their powers now? Plus, Brook Lopez has been on a tear. Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
03.19.2021: A big trade and tension during a thrilling win in Philly
After the Bucks' thrilling win in Philadelphia, Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the tension between the two teams in light of some Giannis celebration, the weird final seconds of regulation, the value of the big win and the significant pregame trade that brought PJ Tucker to Milwaukee. How will Jim describe the Torrey Craig era in Milwaukee? Plus, plenty of MVP conversation -- have we reached the point where Giannis is undeniably a candidate for a third straight?Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
03.11.2021: What should we expect from the second half of the Bucks season?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe re-visit a big all-star weekend for Giannis Antetokounmpo and discuss what about the performance might be a great sign for Milwaukee. Plus, discussing Jim's midseason awards, looking ahead to the second half and wondering about Marques Johnson's Hall of Fame chances.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
03.04.2021: Jrue Holiday returns and will any Bucks star get a jersey retired before Giannis?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the return of Jrue Holiday, the continued inspired play of Giannis Antetokounmpo, a fun win over the Clippers, a tough loss to the Nuggets and the recent play of Brook Lopez. Oh, and yes, lots of Mamadi Diakite. Then, Jim and JR discuss if any Bucks player is likely to see their jersey retired before Giannis. Big Dog? Ray Allen? Jack Sikma? Someone else? What if there's a better format altogether? Somehow the podcast conversation then steers toward avocados.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
02.25.2021: Are the Bucks stuck in neutral until Jrue Holiday returns?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the Bucks as they continue to wait for Jrue Holiday's return. Why is the team struggling so badly without its No. 3 player, and what should we expect now that he can sign an extension? Some thoughts on the All-Star Game (including Khris Middleton's absence from the East) and what's fueling the Giannis turnaround?Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
02.16.21: Three reasons to still feel confident in the Milwaukee Bucks ... and three reasons to worry
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the recent up-and-down stretch of Milwaukee Bucks basketball as a lengthy homestand dawns. Jim offers three reasons why Bucks fans should still feel confident that the Bucks can hit another gear and three reasons to be concerned.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
02.05.21: Are the Bucks closer to the team with two blowout wins, or the team with two clunky losses?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarksi and host JR Radcliffe discuss an interesting stretch for the Milwaukee Bucks, with two disheartening losses followed by two superb blowout wins. Which components of those games are sustainable, and which are legitimate concerns? When is it no longer "early" for the Bucks? If the bench scoring is such a key to Bucks wins, will they be vulnerable in the postseason? Has Giannis found a groove? Are we sleeping on the greatness of Khris Middleton? Will Bobby Portis take Brook Lopez's place in the starting lineup? Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
01.26.2021: What did we learn from close losses to Nets and Lakers?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe take a look at the recent Bucks showings; how close are they to the Lakers and to elite status? What did we learn from the close losses to Brooklyn and L.A.? Is Giannis no longer the clear go-to threat for clutch offense or defense? Is Torrey Craig going to finally get some minutes? Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
01.14.2021: James Harden heads East and how are we feeling about the Bucks so far?
The rebranded Point Forward Podcast, featuring Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe, takes a look at how the Eastern Conference picture changes with James Harden joining the Nets. Is Giannis Antetokounmpo on his game so far? Has coach Mike Budenholzer evolved in his approach? Does Jim think the NBA could see a stoppage at some point because of COVID?
45 minutes | 4 months ago
01.08.2021: Bucks find their offensive gear and pondering an act of protest
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarksi and host JR Radcliffe discuss the Bucks' offensive breakout, the disappearing role of DJ Wilson and the fire of Bobby Portis and Thanasis Antetkounmpo. Plus, the guys take a look at Milwaukee's act of protest in the aftermath of the DA's decision to not file charges against the police officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake. They speculate: Could a bigger act of protest be in the future, one that creates a bigger shockwave through the NBA? Plus, potential branding changes afoot on the podcast.Music intro: "Wide Eyes" by Chad Crouch, available at freemusicarchive.org and soundofpicture.com.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
12.29.20: It's totally too early to panic about the Bucks ... right?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski joins host JR Radcliffe to discuss the Milwaukee Bucks' ugly start to the year. We said it might be tought sledding early! Is it fair to say Giannis is struggling? Is there anybody to take the reins if Jrue Holiday struggles? Khris Middleton is en fuego. Should we already be nervous about the Pat Connaughton contract? Wait, did the Bucks really lose by 20 to the Knicks? Whither Torrey Craig?
37 minutes | 5 months ago
12.22.2020: Previewing the 2020-21 Milwaukee Bucks season
Just like that, the 2020-21 Milwaukee Bucks season is upon us. Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski joins host JR Radcliffe to look at what's ahead. Which newcomer aside from Jrue Holiday will have the biggest impact? Is Mike Budenholzer really on the hot seat? Can Giannis somehow win a third straight MVP? Will Donte DiVincenzo take a lunge forward? Over/under 55 wins? Who wins the East?Music intro: "Wide Eyes" by Chad Crouch, available at freemusicarchive.org and soundofpicture.com.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
12.16.2020: It happened! Giannis has signed the supermax to stay in Milwaukee
Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a five-year "supermax" extension to stay in Milwaukee on Tuesday, which was music to the ears of Bucks fans. Journal Sentinel Bucks reporter Jim Owczarski joins host JR Radcliffe to talk about the deal. Plus: some early impressions after two preseason games with the regular season a week away, and get to know Owczarski as the new man on the Bucks beat.Music intro: "Wide Eyes" by Chad Crouch, available at freemusicarchive.org and soundofpicture.com.
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