03-15-2008, 09:09 PM
Anyone hear about this? It was in RRStar today. Did they confuse this with a baseball team coming to area?
Side note. The Mallards were never the Muskies. The Mad Hatters and Black Wolf also played baseball in Madison after the Muskies came and went. Mallards are their own team in Northwoods league and draw awesome 5000+ avg.
By Doug Goodman
Posted Mar 14, 2008 @ 06:22 PM
These Muskies Can Jump
The nickname of Milwaukee’s National Basketball Development League team is the Muskies.
The Madison, Wis., minor league baseball team also was the Muskies before changing to Mallards years ago.
03-16-2008, 12:54 AM
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Minor League Man
03-16-2008, 03:38 PM
I think this Rockford author is a little confused about the following article printed by the Milwaukee Bucks four days earlier:
The Milwaukee Muskies: members of the NBDL’s forerunner
Blomberg, Reed established Bucks feeder team
by Truman Reed / special to Bucks.com
March 10, 2008
MILWAUKEE -- The National Basketball Development League has been a valuable resource for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Current Bucks Bobby Simmons, Awvee Storey and Ramon Sessions have all honed their skills in the NBDL.
David Noel, also on Milwaukee's roster, is successfully developing his game with the D-League's Tulsa 66ers.
And Ersan Ilyasova, whose National Basketball Association rights the Bucks retain, spent a season with the 66ers before making his NBA debut with Milwaukee last year.
The D-League is seven years old, but the concept of a developmental, feeder league for the NBA dates back decades beyond that span.
The Continental Basketball Association is the longest-running and most well-known minor league of professional basketball, but is not directly affiliated with the NBA.
During the early years of the Bucks' 40-year history, there was another Continental Basketball Association. And one of its franchises was the Milwaukee Muskies, who sent several players on to play for the Bucks.
The feeder team was the brainchild of Ray Patterson, the original president of the Bucks' organization. When Patterson, the former headmaster at Beaver Dam's Wayland Academy, assumed his position with the Bucks, he brought along Ron Blomberg, who had coached at Wayland and also at Brookfield Central and Peshtigo high schools.
"The Bucks were just starting up, and Wes Pavalon and Ray Patterson were in charge," Blomberg remembered. "Ray told me, ‘Well, you’re coming with me, and I think what we’ll do is try and start a farm team.’
"Ray was an innovator. The team was called the Muskies. Jack Nagle (who had been head coach at Marquette University prior to Al McGuire and later went on to coach at Whitefish Bay High School) was involved with that also. He contacted me and asked for ideas."
As the Muskies and the Bucks developed, Patterson looked to Blomberg to establish the Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Camps for youngsters, attempting to establish a local fan base for the franchise.
Blomberg also became Eddie Doucette's color commentator on Bucks broadcasts, and as Patterson found more hats for Blomberg to wear, he needed a right-hand man of his own.
That man was Larry Reed, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Athletic Hall-of-Famer who had become the all-time leading scorer for the Panthers several years earlier.
“The league in which the Muskies played, which was called the Continental League, was a forerunner to what is now the NBA Development League," Reed said. "The Milwaukee Bucks had the vision to recognize the needs of having some of their lesser-known players go and get playing experience.
“I coached that team. It was a great experience. We had some of the players who were 13th, 14th or 15th on the regular squad playing on our team."
Probably the two most recognizable names on the Muskies roster were Bob Greacen, who starred at Rutgers University before being chosen by the Bucks in the second round of the 1969 NBA Draft, and Marvin Winkler, a former University of Southwestern Louisiana standout whom the Bucks picked in the third round of the 1970 draft.
Greacen went on to play for the Bucks during the 1969-70 season, and both he and Greacen saw some action with the team during its NBA Championship run of 1970-71.
"We had Marvin Winkler; we had a kid from Florida named John McKinney who was a teammate of Bobby Dandridge's at Norfolk State; we had Bobby Greacen; we had a guard named Bobby Washington who went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers," Reed recalled. "The year that we had Marvin Winkler, we won the league, but we lost in the playoffs to a team that was coached by Magic Johnson’s representatives.”
Both Blomberg and Reed considered the venture a successful one.
"There were about six teams in the league, all in the Midwest area," Blomberg said. "We traveled by bus, by cars. The cheaper, the better.
"It went pretty well. The farm-team idea was good, and we had some players who weren’t bad. They were kind of on the edge, the bubble."
“The league was great," he said. "It was more or less an extension of the collegiate level of play; just not quite at the NBA level...
Just to clear up the confusion.
03-16-2008, 11:09 PM
Thanks Minor League Man, that pretty much answers the question.
So much for RRstar checking facts before writing.
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