Radio Host: Milwaukee Used To "The Bridesmaid Thing"

MVPs are great, Chuck Freimund says, but Milwaukee is desperate for a championship

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 26, 2019 - 9:36 am
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, 24, was named NBA MVP, becoming the third-youngest player to win the award in the last 40 years. He is also the second Milwaukee athlete to win MVP in the last year, joining Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich.

The Brewers and Bucks fell just short of the World Series and NBA Finals, respectively, during those MVP seasons.

“We’re kind of used to that here in Milwaukee where a player will win the MVP (but come up short in the postseason),” Milwaukee’s 105.7 The Fan host Chuck Freimund said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Christian Yelich took the Milwaukee Brewers to the National League Championship Series, lost in Game 7 against the Dodgers. Same thing now here with the Bucks. The bridesmaid thing. He takes the Milwaukee Bucks to Game 6 against Toronto, a heartbeat or two away from going to the NBA Finals, yet wins the MVP and the Bucks go home a loser. We haven’t had a title here in the city with one of our two professional sports teams since 1971. It’s been a long time. But there’s been a few MVPs in between with both teams.”

Still, the Bucks had a phenomenal season, winning 60 games for the fifth time in franchise history – and the first time since 1980-81. They also advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since since 2000-01, when Sam Cassell, Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson were running the show.

“Oh, they grew a lot,” Freimund said of this year’s team. “The question is can the Bucks bring back these payers who are going to be free agents: Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon. There’s a lot of question marks, but we haven’t had a winning basketball team – a team that had championship potential – in a long time here in Milwaukee. Probably since 2001, and before that, in the 80s. But they grew a lot.”

Whether they can sustain that success, however, remains to be seen.

“The team in 2001 that went to Game 7 of the conference finals didn’t even make the playoffs the next year,” Freimund said. “This team, can they get to the playoffs and take that next step and go to the NBA Finals? This city is so starved for a championship, you wouldn’t believe it. There aren’t many cities in North America that have had the world-champion drought like the city of Milwaukee.”

Click below to listen to Freimund’s interview in its entirety.