Chris Broussard: “I think the Bucks have some problems. They remind me of those last two teams in Cleveland with LeBron before he went to Miami. They won 66 games in 2009 and 61 in 2010 but never reached the Finals because it was ALL LeBron. Mo Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Antawn Jamison; it reminds me of what I see in Milwaukee with Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, and Kyle Korver… That’s a challenge, especially when your main guy does not have a go-to move.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Chris Broussard discuss with Rob Parker why he thinks the Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks remind him of the late 2000’s Cleveland Cavalier teams led by LeBron James that had a glowing period of regular season success but never won any championships.
Before LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July of 2010, his Cavs had won 50 games in four of five seasons between 2005 and 2010, including back-to-back 60-win seasons in 2009 and 2010. However, despite entering the playoffs as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference in both seasons, Cleveland would lose in the conference finals in 2009, and in the second round in 2010.
Giannis’ Bucks went 60-22 in 2019 but lost to Kawhi Leonard’s Raptors in the East Finals, and would go 56-17 in 2020 with the league’s best record, but lost their second round opener to the Miami Heat.
Check out the segment above as Chris details the parallels between both teams.